Riverton Man Assaults an Officer After Shoplifting Beer from Wal-Mart
(Riverton, Wyo.) – John Brown, a 46-Year-Old Man from Riverton, was arrested for Shoplifting, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting Arrest, and Assault on a Police Officer after stealing some items from Wal-Mart Supercenter in Riverton and engaging in a physical altercation with Officers in the parking lot.
At 3:32 PM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Riverton Police Department received a call from Wal-Mart Supercenter stating that Brown had walked into the liquor store, grabbed a bottle of beer and a can of beer and then walked out of the liquor store. Brown reportedly began drinking the alcoholic beverages inside the store, prompting employees to tell him that he needed to go back to the liquor store and pay for the items. The man then grabbed a knife off of the shelf, put it in his pants and continued drinking while walking toward the door.
Officers arrived on scene and found Brown walking outside of the store near the garden center exit where they began talking to him. Brown refused to acknowledge the officers and continued walking and drinking the alcoholic beverages. Another officer arrived on the scene and pulled his car in front of Brown when he stopped walking and began yelling obscenities at the officers.
One officer managed to get the beer out of his hand while another attempted to restrain Brown so that officers could find the knife that he had allegedly stolen from the store. Brown broke free from the officer’s control and began demanding that the officers shoot him or tase him.
Officers deployed a Taser gun on Brown, which had minimal effect. Brown then began flailing and jumping around. When the man jumped out into the parking lot, officers attempted to restrain him once again. When officers made contact with Brown he responded by punching an officer in the face.
Officers then deployed a second taser gun on the man, which was not successful, they continued to wrestle with Brown until they managed to get him on the ground and secure the knife which he had tucked into the waistline of his pants. Brown continued to resist the officers and attempt to break free. At this time, officers deployed a third taser gun, which was not successful.
Officers managed to eventually restrain the man and get him into handcuffs. Brown continued resisting even after officers put him in the patrol vehicle.
***Details are limited at this time and are based on verbal reports from officers. Details may change as reports are completed and court documents are filed. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.***