NORTH LAWRENCE - ? Officials say three police officers were sent to the hospital after a scuffle with an accused shoplifter.

According to investigators, police were trying to arrest Walter Howard, of Far Rockaway, at the North Lawrence Radio Shack last night. Howard allegedly hit one cop in the face. Police say another officer injured his hand while trying to arrest Howard and a third officer fell as he chased the suspect. The officers were treated and released from the hospital. Howard is being arraigned today for assault, resisting arrest and shoplifting.