Batesville man charged as habitual offender after incident at Home Depot

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From the Batesville Police Department (BPD) comes information that a Batesville man was charged Monday, Aug. 27, in Independence County Circuit Court with two counts of felony battery in the second degree. The man was also charged with misdemeanor first-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

The charges stem from an incident last Thursday, Aug. 23, when BPD officers were called to The Home Depot in Batesville.

The court information said 40-year-old Shannon Wayne Clark apparently tried to steal merchandise from The Home Depot and then fell to the ground as he was hurriedly leaving the store.

Witnesses said his body began to “seize,” as if he was experiencing a medical condition of some kind. One store employee reported to police observing Clark hit his head on the concrete floor upwards to 15 times in a “deliberate” manner.

As paramedics were attempting to render aid, Clark became aggressive with them, injuring one of the EMS team members. The court record said after that, Clark tried to flee on foot, but was recaptured.

As police were placing him back in custody, Clark fought with the officers, injuring BPD Officer Marcus Willingham.

Having been previously convicted of four or more felonies, Clark has been charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $30,000.

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