TAPD officer deploys pepper gun on fleeing shoplifting suspect


A Texarkana, Ark. Police officer deployed a pepper gun Monday afternoon on a shoplifting suspect that was not complying at Walmart.

According to Texarkana, Ark. Police Public Information Officer Corporal Kristi Bennett, two males were allegedly observed by loss prevention stealing DVD’s and games from Walmart around 12:30 p.m. Monday.  The two males got away before store loss prevention could detain them.

Around 4:30 p.m. loss prevention observed the two males return to the store and contacted TAPD.

Both suspects attempted to flee when officers made contact at the front of the store.  One was quickly placed in custody.  A TAPD officer deployed his JPX pepper gun on the other suspect due to the suspect not complying with officers.  The suspect that was hit with the JPX pepper gun ran back into the store before apprehended by officers moments later.

20-year-old Traviyon James was the suspect the pepper gun was deployed on.  21-year-old Steven Dickerson was the second suspect also taken into custody.


Listen to police radio traffic of the incident below.

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