Update Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.
Official Press Release
On Nov. 28, at approximately 5:15 a.m., Kenneth Wayne Pulliam, 20 of Hollywood, was in the electronics department of Wal-Mart. A line was formed to assist shoppers in an orderly fashion. Pulliam attempted several times to walk to the front of the line past other shoppers who had been waiting their turn. Pulliam was asked several times by Deputy Ruest to step back and get in line. Pulliam refused to comply. Pulliam became belligerent with Deputy Ruest, cursing profanity, which gained the attention of the numerous shoppers in the store. Kenneth Pulliam then pushed Deputy Ruest in the chest.
Deputy Ruest attempted to place Pulliam under arrest and a struggle ensued. Pulliam continued to attempt to evade arrest and pushed two other victims in the area. Other deputies responded and Kenneth Pulliam was subdued.
Pulliam was charged with assaulting a police officer, two additional counts of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Early on Friday, Nov. 28, Black Friday at Wal-Mart in California, the shopping turned nasty as competition for gifts erupted three minutes after the store launched its official Christmas shopping season at 5 a.m.
There were hundreds of shoppers lined up for the bargains at the 24-hour store, waiting for the sale to begin. About three minutes after it all started, a woman who did not want to wait in line tried to line-jump to get an X-Box gaming system. According to witnesses, she was told by a St. Mary's County deputy to go to the back of the line.
A man, assumed to be the woman's boyfriend, came over and pushed the cop. The two men proceeded to get into a scuffle. Another deputy calmed the crowd and helped detain the suspect.
Kenneth Pulliam, 20 of Hollywood, was charged with three counts of assault and three other related charges.
On the bright side of Black Friday, nearby K-Mart, Target and Best Buy had little or no similar crowd control problems on the busiest shopping day of the year.
More detail to follow as released by authorities.