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2 Mesa officers hurt in scuffle with suspected shoplifter

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Two Mesa police officers were injured Saturday night trying to subdue a suspect shoplifter.

Jason Roberts was brought down after both officers simultaneously deployed their Tasers at Ulta Salon at 1614 S. Signal Butte.

When officers first arrived at the salon, they located Roberts in the center of the store. As they began speaking with him, Roberts started running back through the business and toward the front door, police said.

One officer followed Roberts down the aisle while the second officer went toward the door to block off his exit, according to a police report. Roberts ran right into the officer, causing both of them to fall to the floor.

The officer fell backwards and struck his head on the floor, causing a 1- to 2-inch laceration.

Officers then began fighting with Roberts near the front door. During the altercation, the other officer suffered abrasions on his forehead and chin. Police said Roberts put his hand around the officer's throat.

When the fight broke out, the officer who had struck his head on the floor attempted to deploy his Taser, but Roberts grabbed it and tried to pull it away. The officer was able yank the Taser away from Roberts. The suspect was finally subdued after both officers deployed their Tasers.

Roberts was taken to Mountain Vista Hospital for an evaluation. The officer who had suffered the head injury was transported to Banner Gateway.

Roberts was later booked into jail on three counts of aggravated assault, possession of dangerous drugs and shoplifting.

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