Dartmouth Shoplifting Suspect Tased After Allegedly Assaulting Police
DARTMOUTH — A Fall River man suspected of shoplifting in a Dartmouth store was subdued with an electronic control device after allegedly assaulting officers during his arrest.
Dartmouth police said that at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a shoplifting incident at Walmart on State Road.
Walmart Loss Prevention told police that the man had fled the store.
After reviewing surveillance images of the suspect, detectives were able to identify him as 30-year-old Joshua Audette of Fall River, according to police.
Later that day detectives saw Audette riding as a passenger in a vehicle on State Road.
Police stopped the vehicle, at which point they said Audette resisted arrest and assaulted three officers.
According to Dartmouth police, the officers subdued Audette with an electronic control device, often called a Taser.
One officer was treated at the hospital for minor injuries due to the incident.
Audette was arrested and charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest, and three counts of assault and battery on a police officer.
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