Man tasered, arrested after alleged beer theft attempt

Chet T. Volkman allegedly attacked store employees who detained him this morning, then fled police before being caught.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 20-year-old man was arrested early today on suspicion of resisting arrest after a reported shoplift that turned into a robbery.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reports that Chet T. Volkman, unknown address, was booked into Walla Walla County Jail this morning.

Volkman was arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, intimidating a public servant, third-degree theft, resisting arrest and being a minor in possession/consuming alcohol.

Authorities report Volkman tried to leave the Safeway grocery store at 1600 Plaza Way about 1 a.m. with unpaid beer. When two employees detained him, Volkman allegedly attacked them and tried to get away.

Law enforcement with the Walla Walla Police Department and Sheriff's Office arrived to arrest Volkman, who ran away from them. The officers gave chase, ordered him to stop and reportedly warned Volkman he would be subdued with a Taser.

According to reports, Volkman was then struck twice with the Taser when he wouldn't stop. The first shot struck his jacket and did not take him down. The second shot dropped him to the ground, which resulted in a cut to his chin, according to reports.

Volkman apparently continued to resist arrest following the Taser discharge, authorities said. He received some medical treatment before being sent to jail. The Walla Walla Police Department was the arresting agency.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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