Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A suspected shoplifter accused of hitting a police officer with his vehicle was arrested Monday morning.

READ MORE: Man In Critical Condition After Falling Over Hillside During Police Chase In Brighton Heights

Police say 63-year-old Willard Hopkins, of Carnegie, was arrested around 11 a.m. at his home.

(Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Police)

Hopkins is accused of hitting a police officer with his open car door as he sped backwards to flee from a Market District Giant Eagle parking lot in Shadyside last Friday.

READ MORE: Police: Man Killed 94-Year-Old Grandfather And Sent Video Of Killing To Family Members


A Pittsburgh Police detective who was working a security detail at the Giant Eagle was confronting Hopkins for allegedly shoplifting.

The detective suffered some abrasions, bumps and bruises and was scheduled to have follow-up testing.

MORE NEWS: Experts Say Incentives To Vaccinate Work On Some But Not Everyone

Hopkins is facing charges of aggravated assault by vehicle, fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, escape, accident involving death or personal injury and retail theft.