Man steals beer, assaults police officer

Man steals beer, assaults police officer

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A man was arrested Sunday after he stole beer from a gas station and assaulted an officer.

An AM/PM convenience store called the police after Matangi Tai allegedly stole beer from the store. The officer found the suspect outside of the store and said he was pushed by the suspect when he approached him.

The officer said he used his taser on the suspect but when it did not work, the suspect continued to assault him. The officer then said he hit the suspect three or four times on his left leg with his baton but the man wouldn't stop.

The officer eventually got Tai in handcuffs after he used his hands to take him to the ground.

The suspect was taken to Arizona Regional Hospital for treatment and then booked on aggravated assault on a police officer, shoplifting and consuming alcohol in public.

The officer was not injured.

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