Man charged after being Tasered at Wal-Mart

COVINGTON -- Police were called to the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Friday afternoon after a woman customer told a greeter and a service desk clerk that she was in danger from her abusive husband.

According to the Covington Police Department, Charles Chadwick Griffin, 53, of Conyers was Tasered by a police officer inside the store after he ran toward his wife and ignored officers' commands to stop. Griffin faces charges of simple battery, obstruction of an officer and terroristic threats in connection with the incident.

Griffin's wife, with her five children in tow, reportedly went to Wal-Mart around 3:45 p.m. Friday to get away from Griffin. The victim reportedly passed a note to a service desk clerk asking that police be called because she needed help. She also reportedly told a store greeter that her husband had been abusive and had held her captive.

When police arrived, Griffin was already in the store and his wife and her children had gone into the restroom. According to Sgt. Vick Partee, he approached Griffin in front of the vision center at the front of the store and Griffin became very irate. Griffin's wife and five children exited the restroom and Griffin reportedly began to yell and walk toward the victim. Partee reported that he and Wal-Mart staff members stepped in front of Griffin. As Partee attempted to guide the suspect away from the victim, he broke from Partee's grasp and ran out of the entry/exit of the store.

The suspect re-entered the store through the other entry/exit and ran toward the victim. Partee reported that he ordered Griffin to stop or he would be Tasered. A Wal-Mart employee pushed Griffin into the entry/exit area where Griffin then grabbed a female customer and pulled her in front of him, as if to use her for a shield, according to Partee's report. The customer fell to the floor and Partee was able to deploy his Taser, striking the suspect and causing him to fall to the ground.

While the suspect was being handcuffed, he allegedly threatened to harm Partee and one of the Wal-Mart employees.

The victim reportedly told Partee that she and Griffin had been separated but that Griffin returned home two weeks ago. She said Griffin became angry Friday because her children's father had called her. She said she went to Wal-Mart to get away from his "violent temper."

Griffin, who is reportedly unemployed, was transported to the Newton County Detention Center where Partee reported he continued to misbehave and was placed in a restraining chair.

In other news, a 95-year-old woman was injured at about 7:30 a.m. Friday when she was struck by a car that was backing out of the driveway of her residence in the Bent Creek subdivision.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the victim was bending over to pick up a newspaper when she was struck by the car driven by a 17-year-old boy.

The victim was transported to Newton Medical Center by Newton EMS.

No charges have been filed in the incident, according to the GSP.