Stephen Blaine, 38, attempted to make a fraudulent return inside the Walmart Supercenter on Mobile Highway in Pensacola, according to the ECSO. When he left the store, he was confronted by loss prevention.
“When the two employees from Walmart tried to confront him, he tried to pepper spray them,” Sheriff Chip Simmons said.
An off-duty deputy began chasing Blaine, and Blaine pepper sprayed him as well, according to the ECSO.
With the help of two Walmart employees, the deputy handcuffed Blaine.
Blaine received medical treatment for injuries he received while resisting arrest and was then booked into jail at 4:35 p.m., according to ECSO.
“Sometimes our deputies have to use force,” Sheriff Simmons said. “In this case, fortunately the deputy is okay, but you can’t pepper spray us. You can’t resist us. We’re going to use force in this situation and we’re not going to apologize for it.”
Blaine is charged with dealing in stolen property, two counts of larceny, resisting officer and battery on a law enforcement officer.