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Chico police say shoplifting suspect fought with officer

Shoplifting arrest ends with a fight between an officer and a suspect late Sunday night.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 7:20 AM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 8:07 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Police arrested 31-year-old Jamie Harper late Sunday night. Chico Police received a call just after 11 p.m. from a Chico Walmart employee about someone shoplifting from the store.

Police say an officer responding to the call located Harper and attempted to arrest him near Oxford Suites on Business Lane. The officer says Harper began to run away from the officer. After a short chase, a fight began between the officer and Harper. The officer says harper tried to reach for the officer's duty belt.


Jamie Harper

Both the officer and Harper received minor injuries in the fight, and both were treated at a local hospital. Police transported Harper to the Butte County Jail. Harper is on felony probation for assault with a deadly weapon out of Butte County.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the shoplifting or arrest to contact the Chico Police Department at (530) 897-4900.

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