GULFPORT -- A woman whom store officials said was shoplifting at the Super Wal-Mart in Gulfport ran back into the store to avoid arrest and punched, pushed and scratched a police officer, Sgt. Damon McDaniel said.
The officer was assaulted in a confrontation near the self-checkout area on the north end of the store, he said.
Lamyrica Deriana Holder, 19, of Gulfport, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of simple assault on a law enforcement officer.
The officer received medical treatment for her minor injuries, McDaniel said.
The store manager called police about 4:30 p.m., saying loss-prevention officers believed a woman, later identified as Holder, had taken clothes from several shelves, McDaniel said.
Loss-prevention staff stopped her as she walked out of the store and a patrol officer arrived and tried to handcuff her, he said.
Holder reportedly ran back into the store and fought with the officer when she caught up with her.
The officer gained control of Holder and arrested her with the help of loss-prevention officers, McDaniel said.
Holder was booked at the police department and taken to the Harrison County jail, where she remained in custody Tuesday morning.
Harrison County Justice Court Judge Brandon Ladner set her bond at $20,000.
The Wal-Mart is at U.S. 49 just south of Interstate 10.
It wasn't the first time Holder has been arrested on a shoplifting charge. Biloxi police had arrested her on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge July 18. She was released from the county jail three days later after a judge gave her credit for time served, the jail docket shows.