Police Use Stun Guns To Extract Florida Man From Walmart Ceiling

Police in Florida tased a man after he crawled up into the ceiling space of a Walmart and refused to come down.

Pasco Sheriff's deputies said they were called to a store at State Road 54 and Little Road in New Port Richey on November 19 after the suspect, who may have been facing mental health issues or "under the influence of an unknown substance," climbed into the ceiling.

Police said in a statement that the Walmart was temporarily evacuated while deputies worked with the man to try and persuade him to come out of the crawl space.

"This is the type of thing where you never know what you're going to get in a day our deputies never know what they're going to face," spokesperson Amanda Hunter of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, told Fox 13 News.

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After the suspect continued to ignore the officers and refused to come down, Tasers were deployed and he was detained.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was then sent to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Officers want to determine if the man was suffering from any mental illness or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"It's going to be a long investigation it seems like there's a lot to unpack here," Hunter added.

The man is currently not facing any charges.

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The Walmart store in question reopened to the public later that night.

Earlier this year, a Florida woman was arrested after she tried to evade capture for allegedly shoplifting by hiding inside a ceiling at a store in Port Charlotte for several hours.

Kristina Perkins, 37, was arrested following the stand-off with deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at the Big Lots store, on which began on the evening of Thursday, October 3.

Perkins is accused of being in the store for several hours before entering the women's restroom with a shopping cart full of items. The manager attempted to go into the restroom after her, but several garbage cans were being used to block the door from opening.

When the manager eventually forced their way in, a number bathroom ceiling tiles were missing and Perkins was gone.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw her inside the ceiling space and tried to make her come down.

"Big Lots was evacuated due to the danger of Perkins falling through the ceiling," the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "Over the course of several hours, a systematic search of the ceiling was completed."

Perkins was eventually arrested at around 1:20 a.m. after she climbed out the ceiling via a stack of shelves.

She was charged with charged with felony criminal mischief, petit theft (3rd offense, felony), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a merchant, and resisting law enforcement without violence.

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Customers enter a Walmart store on September 03, 2019 in San Leandro, California. A man who appeared to be on drugs was tased and detained after being caught crawling through the ceiling of a Pasco County Walmart. Justin Sullivan/Getty
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