Pair charged in Raytown shoplifting incident where off-duty officer was struck by getaway car

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Raytown police were on edge Friday after an officer had a dangerous encounter at a Wal-Mart.

Investigators say the off-duty officer was patrolling the store near 350 Highway and Gregory when suspected shoplifters hit him with the getaway car -- and then led police on a brief chase.

Many are glad their fellow officer is okay, and wasn`t seriously hurt, and now two suspects are facing charges. Jaconn E. Griffin is charged in Jackson County with assaulting an officer and fleeing & resisting arrest. Tamara Griffin faces Raytown municipal charges for alleged shoplifting.

Jaconn Griffin (left) and Tamara Griffin (right) are accused in a shoplifting incident where Jaconn allegedly hit an off-duty Raytown officer with their getaway vehicle.

Jaconn Griffin (left) and Tamara Griffin (right) are accused in a shoplifting incident where Jaconn allegedly hit an off-duty Raytown officer with their getaway vehicle.

Police say when the off-duty officer tried to stop two suspected shoplifters from running out of the store, they hopped into a red Cadillac, hit the officer with their getaway car sped off and then led officers on a five-mile chase into Kansas City.

Police say they finally cornered the suspected crooks in some woods and recovered several bags of stolen Kansas City Chiefs blankets and other items.

The officer hit by the car has been a Raytown police officer for 13 years.

Jaconn Griffin’s bond has been set at $200,000.