Video shows tense moments as WalMart theft suspects attempt to run over officer, flee

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CANTON, Ohio — Video reportedly recorded by a bystander at a Canton WalMart shows the tense moments after theft suspects almost ran over a police officer as they tried to get away.

Canton police confirmed that the video, posted to Facebook by user Brandon BSchnyd Schneider, Monday night is real. The incident happened at the WalMart located on Tuscarawas Street West in Canton.

Police say it all started when a woman reportedly took a number of items from the store without paying. The woman got into a car with two men.

Canton police say the officer, identified on police reports as Detective Darrell Pierson, was working an extra job at the Wal Mart.

The video shows a brief struggle between the officer and the man from the car, identified as 49-year-old Troy Gordon.

Within seconds Gordon, the accused shoplifter, and a driver are inside the car as Pierson orders them to stop and exit the car.

Schneider’s video shows the car backing up into the officer, who was not hurt.

That is when he pulls his weapon and continues to order the driver, identified as 46-year-old Eric Thurman, to stop or he will shoot.

“He would have been hit and at that point and at that point I think the officer showed great mental and professional restraint in not firing his weapon and potentially avoiding a life- threatening situation,” said Canton Police Captain Dave Davis.

“Especially when he yelled, like usually when you hear a cop yell ‘Stop or I’m going to shoot you,’ and they don’t stop usually that’s when the cop shows you like that’s what’s coming next,” said Schneider.

Without any shots being fired the driver continues to ease out of a parking space and drives away.

The car was later stopped by another Canton patrol officer who was entering the parking lot as they were leaving.

Gordon, Thurman, and 40-year-old Erin Buckley, the accused shoplifter, were all arrested and booked into the Stark County Jail on multiple charges.

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