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Shoplifter that tried to run over officer sentenced

Published: Dec. 5, 2015 at 4:18 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2015 at 7:22 PM CST
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BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - A shoplifter who was injured after trying to run over a Bartlett police officer was sentenced Friday.

District Attorney General Amy Weirich said 39-year-old Tavarius Jones has been sentenced to ten years in prison for aggravated assault. Jones also pleaded guilty to theft over $500 and sentenced to four years to be served concurrently.

In August 2013, Jones and two other people were seen shoplifting small items into hidden pockets sewn inside their pants at the Bartlett Walmart store on Highway 64.

Security officers called police. Jones and the other two people piled inside a car and began to drive away. Bartlett police arrived and order Jones to stop the car, but Jones drove the car into an officer, hitting him multiple times.

Witnesses told police that a passenger in the car was pushing Jones to run over the officer.

The officer fired six shots, hitting Jones three times in the arm.

Jones agreed to a plea deal, conceding that he would be convicted in a trial. The plea deal holds the same legal effect as a guilty plea.

The two other people involved, 41-year-old Harold Thompson and 36-year-old Damien Hollis, are facing the same charges as Jones. Their cases are pending.

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