Armed Firefighter Stops Gunman at Missouri Walmart

Associated Press
Armed Firefighter Stops Gunman at Missouri Walmart
Springfield police respond to a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8, 2019, after reports of a man with a weapon in the store. Police in Springfield, Missouri, say they have arrested an armed man who showed up the Walmart store wearing body armor, sending panicked shoppers fleeing the store. (Harrison Keegan/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Police in Springfield, Missouri, said they arrested a man who showed up Thursday at a Walmart store carrying a rifle and wearing body armor, terrifying shoppers who fled from the store.

Springfield police posted on Facebook that "an armed individual" was arrested. No shots were fired.

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.

Springfield is about 165 miles (266 kilometers) south of Kansas City, Missouri.

The incident happened five days after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, left 22 people dead.

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