NWGA Scanner | May 31st, 2022
According to a Fort Oglethorpe Police Department incident report, On May 19th, 2022, at 5:00 PM, Sgt. Tucker responded to the Walmart located at 3040 Battlefield Parkway in reference to a shoplifting in progress. Sgt. Tucker reported, “Catoosa Dispatch also advised that the Walmart loss prevention employees watched the male subject, later identified as Zachary O. Early, 29, of McDonald, TN, destroy the security devices on multiple items and was concealing them. [I] asked Catoosa Dispatch to confirm that the loss prevention employees wished to charge Zachary and was informed that they would. Catoosa Dispatch next advised that Zachary was emptying the bags of concealed merchandise from his shopping cart and running out of the lawn and garden exit. As [I] arrived on the scene at this location, [I] observed the male running from the lawn and garden exit matching the description provided by Catoosa Dispatch with several bags. The male subject ran toward the side of the building, and [I] observed him enter a 2020 Lexus. [I] placed my patrol vehicle in front of the vehicle with my emergency equipment activated to stop the vehicle from attempting to flee. [I] exited my vehicle and gave verbal commands to both occupants to exit the vehicle. The getaway driver, Nathan Finley, exited with his hands raised, stating, “it wasn’t me.” The passenger exited the vehicle and began walking away from me despite being given lawful commands to come over to my patrol vehicle. At this time, Officer Huckabee arrived on the scene to assist. Officer Huckabee reported, “As [I] pulled to Sgt. Tuckers location, [I] exited my vehicle and observed Zachary standing by a Lexus SUV at the passenger door, and Tucker was approaching him, giving him commands as Zachary began to start walking away. Officer attempted to place Zachary under arrest for shoplifting but he refused to place his hands behind his back. Zachary began fighting with officers and resisting arrest. According to the report, “Officer Huckabee gave loud verbal commands to Zachary to get on the ground, and he continued to refuse to comply with both of the officer’s commands. Officer Huckabee drew his patrol-issued taser and deployed one of his taser cartridges on Zachary, which was effective in causing neuro-muscular incapacitation. After the 5 seconds cycle was complete, Zachary was placed in handcuffs without further incident. Lt. McGrath arrived on the scene and began speaking with Zachary. According to the report, “Lt. McGrath asked Zachary what happened when he stated, “I resisted a little bit, and he tased me.” Fort Oglethorpe Police Department officers then located 18 packs of MLB trading cards, 2 Yankee Candle plug-in scents, 13 packs of trading card sleeves, 14 packs of NFL trading cards, 4 bulk packs of trading card sleeves, a TAL water bottle, a houseware sign, 5 packs of Fort Nite cards, a razor, a Bluetooth speaker, and a t-shirt still in the grocery bags he exited the store with. The merchandise was returned to the loss prevention employees. The value of the merchandise was $745.88. Zachary was trespassed from all Walmart properties and transported to the Catoosa County Jail, where he was charged with felony shoplifting and obstruction x2.