Accused Walmart robber runs over Florida deputy’s leg twice before being arrested

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ORANGE PARK, Florida — An accused robber has been arrested following allegations he stole items from a Walmart and then ran over a deputy during a police chase in Florida, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said Tomy Byrd stole more than $500 worth of merchandises, including a pressure washer and a 24-case of Budweiser beer from a Walmart. According to the police report, Byrd threatened to shot a store employee as he attempted to make his getaway.

Moments later, investigators said a couple of deputies patrolling the area pulled Byrd over after they spotted the stolen stuff in the back of his truck.

The Sheriff's Office said he tried to escape by ramming his vehicle into a patrol car parked in front of him, and then hitting reverse, he backed up and sped off.

Investigators said the truck crushed a deputy's leg twice, but officers still managed to get Byrd out of the vehicle.

And the officers accomplished the feat without firing a single shot!

"I think they should be commended for that," local crime specialist Gil Smith said. " for being able to apprehend the person without deadly force."

Officials said Byrd has a rap sheet dating back to the 1980's, and now he's added to it with multiple charges including attempted murder.

Now the suspect will get his day in court — and while it may not be a Walmart, a couple of deputies will be there to greet him.

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