From the Wareham Police Department:
Samuel Mills, age 35, of East Falmouth, is being held on $1,000 cash bail, charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, shoplifting over $250 and furnishing a false name.
Around noon Sunday, Walmart employees reported a shoplifter in the store’s hardware department.
According to Wareham Police Department officials, Officer Nate Aronson responded and told an uncooperative Mills that he was under arrest. Mills allegedly ran and Officer Aronson chased him, collided with a store display, but kept pursuing Mills.
The scene reportedly became chaotic as by-standers were alarmed by Mills’ aggressive behavior and refusal to cooperate. Aronson had ordered Mills to the ground three times when the suspect confronted the officer in a fighting stance.
Aronson attempted to subdue Mills with a Taser, but missed.
Officer George Chandler then arrived and Mills was arrested. Aronson was treated and released from Tobey Hospital with minor injuries.
Acting Police Chief John Walcek praised his officers for their actions, “The officers of this department will continue to aggressively and relentlessly pursue criminals who not only want to steal from a business in our community, but are willing to fight with us when confronted.”