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Police officer assaulted during chase

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By: Brittany Paris

Police were called to the Super Saver near 48th and O Streets around 3 a.m. Friday.

Employees said they saw a man stuffing his coat with groceries then leaving without paying.

Police said they found Jesse Hare, 31, in Taco Bell's parking lot just around the corner.

They said he spread the stolen items out around him. When they approached Hare, he gave a fake name and took off. Police found him again.

"He punched the officer in the nose, a struggle ensued and the suspect, Jesse Hare, tried removing the officer's gun from the holster," Officer Katie Flood, Lincoln Police Department, said. "Fortunately, he was not successful."

The officer was taken to the hospital. He suffered a broken nose and needed four stitches. But Flood said the situation could have gotten worse.

"An officer's survival is dependent on that gun remaining in its holster," Flood said. "We go through training in order to keep it secured and in the officer's control."

Police said their gun holsters are designed to make grabbing the weapon difficult.

"Too often officers across the country are killed or injured by their own weapon," Flood said. "It's absolutely imperative that we keep control of that weapon."

Hare was arrested for assaulting an officer, theft and false information. This isn't the first time Hare has been in trouble with police. Back in January, he was arrested for trying to pay for a hotel room with fake money.

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