“It’s very dangerous,” said Officer Jim Knoll of the Clarksville Police Department. “It’s one of those tasks. If you go after somebody, you have to be ready for whatever consequence happens when you do that.”
On April 14, a loss prevention officer at Kohl’s called police after watching a man carrying a knife and snatching up $300 in merchandise. According to police, an officer pulled up to the store, only to witness the loss prevention officer running after the thief into the parking lot. After running around the cars, the thief doubled back, jumping into his car. With the door still open, an assistant manager tried to pull the thief out of the vehicle. The driver threw the car in reverse causing the door to slam into the manager and knocking him to the ground.
Police said the thief went speeding across the parking lot, nearly striking a bystander. He recklessly drove over a median at Books-A-Million, then drove down a grass embankment next to Long John Silvers, ripping a piece of side molding off the car as he escaped onto Wilma Rudolph Boulevard.
Today, police continue their search for the man pictured right. They say the man is driving a dark green Dodge Magnum with a Kentucky temporary tag.
According to police, the manager hit by the door got out of the situation with just minor injuries to his right leg and knee. He declined transport to the hospital at the scene.