KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

A man is seriously hurt after officers say he ran from them and fell off a cliff.

Around 4 pm on Friday, Kingsport officers were called out to to Walmart in response to someone stealing from the store.

The man left before being caught and took off into a wooded area near Fort Henry Drive.

He was later found at the bottom of a 50 foot cliff.

He told police he fell while trying to make his way through the terrain.

He is in the hospital in serious condition.

Charges are pending.