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POLICE: Louisville shoplifter assaulted police officer at Target

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Byron L. Pollard (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Byron L. Pollard (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a shoplifter at a local Target store wasn't about to go into police custody quietly -- so he attacked a police officer.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Thursday, Oct. 31, shortly after 3:30 p.m. at the Target on Dixie Hwy., near W. Pages Lane.

Police say 23-year-old Byron L. Pollard was seen using a pocketknife to remove electronic theft protection devices from DVDs inside the store, then going into the men's restroom. After allegedly witnessing these events, Loss prevention employees called Louisville Metro Police.

Upon arrival at the store, a Louisville Metro Police officer attempted to stop Pollard at the store's entrance, but Pollard tried to run away, according to the arrest report. The officer then grabbed Pollard, who began fighting with the officer.

Police say the two men fell to the ground, and the officer sustained injuries to his left arm.

Pollard was eventually taken into custody by Louisville Metro Police. Police say he had four stolen DVDs -- worth $60.38 -- in his possession, as well as a short piece of straw "commonly used to snort pain pills."

The police officer was taken to University Hospital with a possible broken arm.

Pollard was charged with third degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, theft by unlawful taking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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