Accused shoplifter assaults Phoenix deputy

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a teenager allegedly injured a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy after he arrested him for shoplifting.

KPHO-TV reports that Phoenix police say the off-duty deputy handcuffed the 18-year-old Louie Mercado for trying to take several bottles of liquor at a Fry's supermarket.

According to the police report, the teenage suspect threw a bottle at the deputy during the arrest.

Once in handcuffs, Mercado allegedly threw his head back to strike the deputy in the face.

Police say the deputy was treated at a hospital as a precaution.

The suspect faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and shoplifting.

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Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

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