Off Duty Firefighter Halts Armed & Armored Gunman at Missouri Walmart
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An off-duty firefighter with a concealed carry permit is being hailed a hero after he held an armed suspect wearing tactical gear at gunpoint.
Police in Springfield, Missouri, detained a man on Thursday afternoon after he walked into a Walmart armed with a rifle and wearing body armor.
A video taken by a witness outside the store shows the suspect with his arms up in the air and what looks like an assault rifle slung around his neck as he’s being arrested.
It’s unclear what the man’s motive was, but police said that the man was recording himself with his cellphone while walking through the store.
The Springfield News-Leader quoted Lt. Mike Lucas as saying that the man arrived Thursday afternoon wearing body armor and military-style clothing. He walked inside the Walmart carrying a "tactical rifle" and another gun. Lucas said the man had more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
Lucas said an off-duty firefighter held the suspect — a 20-year-old man who was not immediately identified — at gunpoint until police arrived about three minutes after receiving an initial call.
"Thankfully, there weren't any shots fired. I think it's great that that off-duty fire man was here," Lucas said.
Lucas said the suspect would be charged but the exact crimes would be determined later. Security video from inside the store would be reviewed to determine the man's demeanor and a possible motive, he said.
"His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that," Lucas added.
"Obviously what’s happened in Texas and Dayton, and that kind of stuff in the last seven days, that’s on everybody’s mind," Lucas said.
Police said there is no longer a threat to the community and the Walmart has since reopened.