Police Chase Down, Fight, Arrest Shoplifter Fleeing with loaded 9 MM, Knife

A shoplifting incident in Allen Park ended with a potentially life and death situation for police and a man who was chased down and found with a loaded 9 MM handgun in his pants pocket and a knife in his sock.

Nicholas Baker, 38, who is listed as homeless, was arraigned on charges of weapons possession by a felon, weapons felony firearm (second offense), controlled substance possession of crystal methamphetamine, weapons felony firearm (second offense), carrying a concealed weapon, and assault/resisting/obstructing a police officer. He remains in the Wayne County Jail.

According to police, the ordeal began when officers were called to Dunham’s Sports, 23150 W. Outer Drive, at about 7 PM on a shoplifting in progress complaint.

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Upon their arrival, Officer Zach Waara spotted a man and a woman who fit the description of the shoplifting suspects.

The two were asked to step to the patrol car for questioning and the woman immediately complied.

Baker, according to police, began to walk to the patrol car, but kept looking back at Waara and reaching towards his pants pocket.

Waara ordered him to put his hands on the vehicle so they could be seen, but Baker allegedly took off running through the parking lot.

Waara, a former member of the U.S. Marines, took off after him and noted that Baker kept reaching towards the waistband of his pants.

The officer shocked Baker with his taser, causing him to fall to the ground, but as Waara tried to place him under arrest, Baker reportedly got up and charged at him, pushing him away.

Police said Waara shocked him with another taser charge and Baker fell to the ground.

Each time after Baker was shocked, which lasts about five seconds, he would immediately start to fight.

Officer Adam Begley arrived and together, they forced Baker to the ground.

Police said Baker still would not release his arms so he could be handcuffed. Instead, he pinned them underneath his body.

Officer Adam Begley arrived and together, they forced Baker to the ground.

Police said Baker still would not release his arms so he could be handcuffed. Instead, he pinned them underneath his body.

Officer Chris Franco arrived and applied pressure to Baker’s tibia nerve in his calf, causing him to surrender almost immediately. The technique finally allowed officers to handcuff Baker.

The gun, knife and 29.2 grams of suspected crystal meth was found at that point. The substance later tested positive for meth.

Police said the officers got a few scrapes and bruises struggling with Baker…  News-Herald