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Police use Taser on man suspected of stealing headphones

University of Oregon Police and Eugene Police chased and tased 34-year-old James Hunter after he allegedly stole from a 7/11.

Posted: Dec 12, 2018 7:00 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2018 8:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon police chased, used a Taser on and arrested a man after he allegedly stole headphones from a nearby 7-Eleven Wednesday afternoon.

The chase ended on the front lawn of the McKenzie River Masonic Temple on the university's campus.

Police said an officer in a squad car saw James Hunter, 34, of Eugene run from the 7-Eleven on 13th Avenue and Alder Street at about 1 p.m., followed quickly by the store clerk.

The officer talked to the clerk, who said Hunter had stolen headphones from his store.

Police chased after Hunter by car then on foot with help from Eugene police. Hunter was stopped about a block and a half later.

When officers went to arrest him, they said Hunter resisted and they used a Taser on him.

Hunter was taken to Sacred Heart University District to be evaluated and was booked in the Lane County Jail on charges of theft, interfering with a peace officer, resisting arrest, assaulting a public safety officer and escape.

The officer that was assaulted went to Sacred Heart for a hand injury.

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