Walmart fight brings MPPD officers who use Taser to subdue suspect

Mount Pleasant officers responded Thursday evening to a report of eight people engaged in a physical fight at Walmart, 3049 S. Oakes Road.

A Mount Pleasant Police officer arriving on scene had one of the suspects identified to him by multiple witnesses. For officers to safely take the subject into custody, use of a Taser was necessary, according to a report from the police department. The use of the Taser did not result in any significant injury to the suspect or officers, MPPD reports. Zachary Ray Holtz, 18, of Racine was arrested.

Officers determined that Holtz was involved in the fight. Based on numerous witness statements Holtz was walking past a group of individuals and started to direct racial epithets at the group. An argument started and Holtz attempted to punch a female from the group. A male from the group reportedly then hit Holtz.

Holtz was attempting to leave when officers arrived. He reportedly saw officers, took off his shoes, and attempted to flee. The officer told him to stop and when Holtz failed to follow his commands, used the Taser to keep Holtz from escaping.

Holtz was treated at the scene by South Shore Rescue personnel then transported Holtz to Racine County Jail.

A referral was forwarded to the Racine County District Attorney’s office for criminal offenses of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Additionally, Holtz was held on a probation hold. Other suspects involved in the fight reportedly left the scene prior to the arrival of police. The incident remains under investigation by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

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