Report: Officer dragged by fleeing shoplifter's car

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 26, 2013 

Del Gilley

A police sergeant clung to a shoplifting suspect for about 15 feet while the suspect allegedly attempted to speed off in a white Pontiac Grand Prix Tuesday, according to a Columbus Police report.

Sgt. Dawn Tuning was working part time at Columbus Park Crossing on Whittlesey Boulevard when she received reports of a shoplifter at Kohl's. She confronted two suspects — a man and a woman — and attempted to place the man into custody. But the man allegedly pushed her to the ground.

Though the report indicates the man initially got away, he was arrested that same day. Del Gilley was charged with theft by shoplifting. His bond was later set at $2,000.

After Gilley allegedly pushed her to the ground, Tuning then turned her attention towards the other suspect. Tuning chased the woman to the Grand Prix, which the woman quickly entered. The suspect pushed Tuning repeatedly away, until Tuning felt it necessary to use a Taser to try and subdue the woman.

At that moment, the woman turned on the ignition and sped away through the parking lot, allegedly dragging Tuning about 15 feet before she was forced to let go. She was left with injuries to both of her hands, her left elbow and left knee.

About $140 in silver jewelry were reported stolen by Kohl's, according to a report.

Police have identified Tara Williams as the second suspect. She is being sought for obstruction of a police officer and theft by shoplifting. Patrol Division officials were able to describe her only as a white woman.

Anyone with additional information should contact Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.

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