Police dog nabs Bradenton shoplifting suspect after Taser fails to stop him

July 9, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Authorities early Tuesday had to shoot a shoplifting suspect with a Taser and unleash a police dog before they were able to arrest him, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

About 3:06 a.m., the suspect stole a basket of items from the CVS store at 4302 Cortez Road W.

A responding officer located the man, identified by police as Edward David Barbour, behind the nearby Hobby Lobby store, 4490 Cortez Road W., and when attempting to take Barbour into custody, the suspect fled on a bicycle, according to a police report.

The officer was able to catch Barbour, and they struggled on the ground. When Barbour broke free, the officer deployed his Taser, but Barbour was out of range and he escaped, police said.

A perimeter was established, and a Manatee County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit responded and tracked Barbour.

An officer located Barbour hiding in a Dumpster and as he fled, the officer deployed her Taser, striking him in the back, police said.

Barbour fell to the ground and ripped the Taser wires off and fled again.

The K-9 later apprehended Barbour at the 51st Street West entrance to Ironwood subdivision. He still had the Taser probes lodged in his back, police said.

Barbour was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment of injuries, before being taken to jail.

Booking information for Barbour, who has prior arrests, was not available on the jail website.

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