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Old man stole hat and used truck to run over police officer who tried to stop him

By Mason White 1:09 PM May 30, 2017
Wendell Reed
Wendell Reed
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) An old man was charged with trying to kill a police officer after stealing a hat and running over a police officer who tried to stop him, according to police in Louisiana.

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) said that on Friday, an officer was working as a security guard at a business in the Alexandria Mall.

At around 4:00 p.m., the officer was informed that an older man had taken a hat and left the store without paying. The officer went outside and located the suspect getting into a Honda truck.

The officer made contact with the suspect and could see the stolen hat inside the truck.

When the officer told the suspect to return the hat, he made a comment that he had something in the truck that the police did not need to see.

The suspect then reached across the cab and behind the seat.

The officer believed the suspect was attempting to retrieve a weapon and deployed his Taser, striking him in the arm. The officer tried to reach the key in the ignition to turn off the truck.

However, the suspect pulled the Taser probes out of his arm and began accelerating rapidly in reverse.

The officer was between the open door and the truck, and was hit by the door and dragged several feet while the suspect continued in reverse.

The officer was able to move away from the truck, and the suspect fled in his vehicle. Detectives assigned to the case were able to identify the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On Tuesday, APD Street Team officers located the suspect, Wendell Reed, 56, of Alexandria, and placed him under arrest.

Reed was charged with theft of goods under $500 and attempted first degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.