[Headline from DRJ]
Yesterday afternoon: Police: Man with rifle, bulletproof vest arrested at Walmart store:
[Springfield Police Lt.] Lucas said the man showed up to the business with body armor and military-style clothing and then walked inside carrying a “tactical rifle” and another gun.
As shoppers were panicking and fleeing the store, Lucas said the man was taking video on his phone and making comments to people while pushing a shopping cart.
Lucas said the suspect then walked out of the store, where an off-duty firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived moments later.
Dmitriy N. Andreychenko, 20, was booked into the jail on suspicion of first-degree making a terrorist threat.
Kudos to police that arrived in 3 minutes and especially to the armed off-duty firefighter who detained the departing young man. A bystander added her appreciation for the police and firefighter, and this:
Within seconds after she pulled into the lot, Belew said, police arrived.
Someone shouted at the man, “Why are you walking around in a tactical jacket carrying a rifle?” Belew said. “I did not hear what he said back.
“The guy told police he was keeping his phone on for his own safety,” she said.
“He did not seem surprised. He did not seem angry. He looked like he had accomplished whatever he wanted to accomplish.”
The local paper interviewed a Springfield defense lawyer and former prosecutor about the legal issues involved. Please click the links and help out the local newspaper. It did an excellent job covering this story.
Was this young man considering whether to shoot, making a political point about guns, seeking a little copycat fame, or does he have a cruel sense of humor?
UPDATE 8/10/2019: Armed man at Walmart says he was testing right to bear arms.