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A Great Mills man, wanted on a theft charge, struck a law officer with a car at a California shopping center, court papers allege, before a brief pursuit Friday through the parking lot left other vehicles damaged and the fleeing suspect in custody.

In addition to a first-degree assault on the officer, 24-year-old Wayne A. Jordan was charged with stealing a shotgun and laptop computer that court papers state were found in the car he was driving. Jordan also was served with a warrant from last month charging him with theft and credit card misuse offenses, online court records state, from losses that allegedly occurred last spring.

St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Austin Schultz wrote Friday in charging papers that he was approaching the Acura car at the Laurel Glen shopping center when he told the driver to stop, but the car backed into a 1994 Saturn, and then moved forward.

“The defendant ... intentionally struck me with the front of the vehicle,” the deputy wrote in a statement of probable cause, and the car also hit a 2013 Toyota, 2007 Ford and 1993 Honda before Jordan got out of the Acura and tried to run away.

Several rifles and several small plastic bags of suspected marijuana also were found in the vehicle, according to court papers also charging Jordan with the possession of marijuana, four property destruction offenses, two theft charges and traffic violations including reckless driving and attempting to elude police.

Jordan was jailed without bond after his arrest.

jwharton@somdnews.com