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An armed man wearing body armor sent panicked shoppers fleeing from a Walmart store in Missouri on Thursday, but an armed off-duty firefighter was able to detain the suspect until police officers arrived to make an arrest, Springfield police said.
The suspect was wearing body armor and military-style clothing, according to the News-Leader, which cited information from Lucas. He walked inside the Walmart carrying a “tactical rifle” and another gun, the newspaper reported, and carried more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
The suspect grabbed a cart, pushed it around the store and recorded cell phone video of himself walking through the Walmart, Springfield's KY3 reported, citing police.
Did he think it was going to be "cool" to exercise his rights by walking around Walmart looking like a storm trooper??
originally posted by: Excallibacca
Where I live, it would be completely legal for me to shop with a rifle and body armor. My guess is, this kid was live streaming to make some sort of really idiotic point at the worst time possible. The response, though I understand it, is a bit ridiculous for someone just pushing a shopping cart.
originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
While I think what the kid did was stupid given the current climate, and I understand the logic for the off duty fireman... The off duty fireman opened himself up to getting sued by this kid (if the kid didn't do anything threatening). He very well could be under good Samaritan protection, but it will be interesting to see it play out.
I was always taught that if you're going to carry, never pull it out unless you're going to use it. Better to keep an eye on someone with some distance than put yourself in a situation that could play out bad, even if you're in the right.
originally posted by: Identified
a reply to: CriticalStinker
It's not anyone's fault but the police officer for that accident.
I'm not a fan of this special tier of culpability where it comes to police.