Firefighting News contributed to this story:
An armed off-duty firefighter detained a man dressed in body armor and carrying an assault-style rifle until police could arrive.
According to Ozarks First, the firefighter declined to reveal his identity.
He told the TV station that he pulled out his own firearm, pointed it at the man, and shouted commands for him to follow, “He was videotaping on his phone, which was kind of odd, but he complied with my request that he keep his hands in the air and he asked me to come up there and take his weapon from him.”
The firefighter happened to be at the Walmart shopping with his wife when a Walmart employee pulled a fire alarm to get people outside.
“I’ve been in public safety for a long time and even though I’m no longer in public safety, I still feel that I can still protect people if I need to and that was my intention,” said the former firefighter. “Hopefully my actions prevented something like El Paso from happening.”
New York Daily News
An armed man wearing body armor, military-style clothes and carrying two firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammo was arrested at a Walmart store in Missouri on Thursday, police said.
“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort … He’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest,” said Springfield, Mo. Police Lieutenant Mike Lucas.
The man, 20, walked into the store at about 4:10 p.m., said cops.
A Walmart manager pulled the store’s fire alarm and shoppers fled in a panic.
As everyone ran off, the man — armed with a “tactical rifle” and another gun — shot video on his phone and made comments to people while he pushed a shopping cart, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
The man, described as being white left the store through an emergency exit, where he was detained by an armed off-duty firefighter who had a conceal-carry permit.
No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident, police said.
Officers arrived at the scene within three minutes of receiving a 911 call, said police.
The man’s identity was not released.
“All we know is the fact that he walked in here heavily armed with body armor on, in military fatigues and caused a great amount of panic inside the store. So he certainly had the capability the potential to harm people,” Lucas said.
“And then obviously what’s happened in Texas and Dayton and all that kind of stuff in the last seven days — that’s on everybody’s mind.”
A Walmart in El Paso, Texas was site of a mass shooting that left 22 dead and more than two dozen injured.
A man was arrested the day after the El Paso shooting after threatening to “shoot up” a Walmart outside of Tampa.
Police said however that no motive had been determined yet.
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