ST. CLOUD - A St. Cloud police officer was hit in the face after responding to a shoplifting call. It started just before 9:00 p.m. last (Wednesday) night at 16 14th Avenue Northeast at Sunrise Liquor.

The officer was trying to take 29-year-old Elakie Fale junior of Sauk Rapids into custody when Fale hit the officer in the face and ran. Fale was arrested a few blocks away.

He's expected to be charged with theft, fleeing police on foot, obstructing the legal process, and 4th degree assault against an officer.

The officer did not require medical attention.