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Police Officer Hit by Car Door as Shoplifting Incident Goes Awry

Police say a pair of fleeing suspected shoplifters struck a Canton police officer as they drove away from a Canton (Ohio) Giant Eagle supermarket.

Jessica R. Phillips, 34, of Crooked Run Road in New Philadelphia, was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Thursday near the store at 608 Raff Road SW on a robbery charge, Stark County Jail records show.

According to the jail records, she entered the store, selected merchandise which she then put into her purse and left without paying. When confronted by police, she ordered her companion to drive away, causing the officer to be struck by the car door.

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The jail records did not say whether her getaway driver was arrested, nor list the police officer’s condition. A spokesman for the police department also could not be reached for comment… Canton Rep

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