Suspects In Walmart Shoplifting And Shooting In Court

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(Bartlett,TN) Two of the men arrested for their involvement in a Walmart theft that sent a Bartlett officer to The MED, remain in jail.

The third suspect is recovering at the hospital after being shot by the injured officer.

“I've been trying to find a job. But I haven't been able to. It's my past catching up with me, said Damien Hollis to a judge Wednesday.

He explained why he has been out of work for a year, “I've been convicted of driving without a license your honor, convicted of thieving and stealing."

Hollis’ latest arrest played out in a Walmart parking lot last Friday.

Police say Hollis, Harold Thompson and Tavarius Jones stole about 600 dollars worth of items at the location near Wolfchase mall.

A Bartlett officer tried to stop them from getting away in the parking lot.

That's when police say Jones tried to run the officer over and the officer fired his gun, hitting Jones in the arm.

“I was sitting in the front passenger seat,” said Hollis.

Did you have any control over where that driver drove?” asked Hollis’ lawyer.

“Absolutely not,” replied Hollis.

Wednesday, Hollis plead not guilty to his charges which include conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

A judge set his bond at $150,000.00.

Tavarius Jones did not appear in court, he is still recovering at The MED.

Thompson, who was sitting in the backseat of the car, only faces charges involving the shoplifting, not the assault on the officer.

He too has a criminal history of thefts.

Thompson's bond is set at $25,000.

Thompson and Hollis are now waiting to see if the grand jury indicts them on these charges.