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Pulled over for Shoplifting, a Woman Fled Police and Dragged an Officer with Her

In Illinois, a shoplifting investigation turned erratic and deadly when a woman suspected of theft fled, taking an officer with her. Sunday afternoon, 33-year-old Shira Gray was inside the Citi Trends on 9 Mile and Coolidge Street, apparently seen stealing clothes. After leaving, employees gave Oak Park police officers descriptions of her and the vehicle she drove away in.

Within minutes, her Chevy Equinox was pulled over near the story and Gray handed her license. After she was pulled over for suspected theft of clothes at a Citi Trends store, Shira Gray drove off with one cop still partly in her SUV. As one officer was dragged by the fleeing car, two other officers ran back to their squad car. After a warrant was issued for her arrest, Gray turned herself in on Wednesday on multiple charges.

“When our officer asked the driver to step out to further investigate the crime that occurred at the retail store, the driver put the vehicle in drive,” said Lieutenant Troy Taylor of the Oak Park Police Department.

The officer was instinctively trying to turn the vehicle off when he became tangled with Gray as she drove off. Taylor estimates the officer was drag about 15 to 20 feet before falling out. Gray then blew through red lights to escape.

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“She’s lucky she didn’t cause any major accidents, she’s lucky she didn’t run the officer over,” said Taylor. Cops later issued a warrant for Gray’s arrest. With an attorney, the suspect turned herself in later Wednesday afternoon and was arraigned on charges of resisting and obstructing a police officer causing… Fox2 Detroit

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