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Police: Man taken down by deputies in Walmart previously resisted arrest

Sandon Sierad (Courtesy: Greenville County Sheriff's Office) Sandon Sierad (Courtesy: Greenville County Sheriff's Office)
A still from dash cam video of Sierad's Seneca arrest. (Source: Seneca Police Dept.) A still from dash cam video of Sierad's Seneca arrest. (Source: Seneca Police Dept.)
SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The suspect who was seen being forcefully taken down by Greenville County deputies in the Berea Walmart on Saturday had previously fought with officers and resisted arrest, according to the Seneca Police Department.

According to a 2013 arrest report released by the Seneca Police Department, Sandon Sierad resisted arrest and had to be immobilized with a stun gun and forcefully taken down by officers who were called to a location where Sierad was "having an episode again."

Police responded to an address on West Railroad Street on Jan. 18, 2013 where dispatchers alerted officers that Sierad was presenting a knife.

When officers arrived and ordered Sierad to take his hands out of his pockets, reports state that he refused to comply.

As the incident progressed, reports stated that Sierad began to "actively resist."

Officers said they used a stun gun on Sierad and had to take him to the ground by force. Sierad continued to resist arrest while on the ground, reports state.

"He's a big guy, so one we have to not only think about our safety, but the other people - civilians safety, the citizens that may be around, as well as the suspect's safety...trying to minimize injuries to all parties," said Detective John Crum with Seneca police.

Sierad was charged with assault and battery first degree, resisting arrest and trespassing after notice.

Crum and Seneca Police Sgt. Dwayne Kelley said after seeing the video from Saturday's incident in Greenville County, they understand the use of force.

"You can kind of understand what the other officer's going through," Kelley said.

On Saturday, Greenville County deputies were called to the Walmart on White Horse Road after they said Sierad was seen trying to steal a cash register and harassing employees inside the store.

Deputies say they confronted Sierad in the parking lot where he refused to cooperate and ran back into the store.

Deputies chased the man inside and several shoppers videotaped the deputies using a stun gun on Sierad, tackling him to the ground, and the videos showed one deputy striking Sierad several times while he was on the ground.

Master Deputy Jonathan Smith said that deputy has since been placed on administrative leave and the sheriff's office has launched an internal investigation into the use of force during that arrest.

FOX Carolina tried reaching out to Sierad after he was released from jail, but he was not at the address listed on his arrest report.

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