Morrow police Sgt. Quatch gives a thumbs up from his hospital bed at Southern Regional Medical Center. Quatch fell Thursday evening while chasing shoplifting suspects and suffered a compound fracture to his right arm.
Photo: Morrow Police Department
Photo: Morrow Police Department

Morrow cop falls, fractures arm while chasing shoplifting suspects

Two women accused of stealing perfume from a Clayton County mall could be facing more serious charges after an officer was injured chasing them down.

Morrow police Chief Jimmy Callaway said the officer, Sgt. Quatch, is undergoing surgery Friday to repair a compound fracture to his right arm. 

Update on Sgt Quach. He’s in good spirits and will be having surgery in the morning to repair a compound fracture to his right arm. Prayers appreciated. #morrowstrong Chief

Posted by City of Morrow Police Department on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Quatch fell while chasing three suspects Thursday evening from Southlake Mall. Shoniquea and Zora Locklin were taken into custody, and a third suspect remains on the run, Callaway said. The trio are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of “high-end perfume” from Macy’s.

Callaway said one of his sergeants pulled over their car, which had been involved in the theft, and the suspects then ran away. Quatch followed on foot.

The sergeant was taken to Southern Regional Hospital after his fall. In a photo shared to the police department’s Facebook page late Thursday night, he appeared to be in good spirits. 

This evening we made a stop on a vehicle that had been involved in a theft at Southlake Mall. The suspects had stolen...

Posted by City of Morrow Police Department on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Shoniquea Locklin, 27, of Atlanta, was arrested on charges of shoplifting, aggravated assault, obstructing an officer and driving on a suspended license. Zora Locklin, 18, of Atlanta, is facing a single count of shoplifting. 

Both were being held Friday in the Clayton County Jail, and the relationship between the two women is unclear. 

No description of the third suspect was available.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Morrow police at 770-961-4006.

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