Police in Springfield, Mo., arrested a 20-year-old man wearing body armor and carrying a loaded rifle — and more than 100 rounds of ammunition — at a Walmart store Thursday. Formal charges of making a terrorist threat in the first degree are now pending against Dmitriy Andreychenko, police say.
Officers had rushed to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, responding to calls of a potential active shooter at the store. Afterwards, police said they believe Andreychenko didn’t want to kill anyone, instead, he wanted to cause chaos.
“His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here,” Springfield Police Lt. Mike Lucas told journalists at the scene. “In fact, he’s lucky he’s alive still, to be honest.”
Andreychenko seems to have been making a video of himself as he walked around the store. According to local TV station KY3, “Witnesses say he grabbed a cart and began pushing it around the store. Police say the man was recording himself walking through the store via a cellphone.”
Less than a week after a gunman launched a deadly assault on a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Texas, the sudden appearance of a man wearing military-style clothing and carrying a tactical rifle set off a panic at the Walmart store in Springfield.Store employees pulled the fire alarm and shouted for people to flee. As they did, Andreychenko followed them outside.
In the parking lot, Andreychenko was detained at the scene by an off-duty firefighter who was armed and held the man at gunpoint until police arrived, according to the Springfield Police Department. He was arrested without incident, and no injuries have been reported.
His arrest was captured on video. Witness Julie Belew filmed him from inside her car. The footage shows the young man walking down a grassy embankment, his hands over his head. Off-camera, the firefighter can be heard reporting the incident to emergency dispatchers.
“Don’t touch that rifle,” a man commands Andreychenko as he heads down the hill, still holding his cellphone.
Andreychenko obeyed instructions to kneel and turn around — apparently revealing that he also had a handgun in his waistband. Police arrived within minutes to take him into custody.
Missouri is an open-carry state. But its laws do prohibit gun owners from displaying their weapons in a threatening way.
Video released by Cleveland police on Wednesday shows that officers shot a 12-year-old boy in a park on Saturday “one-and-a-half to two seconds” after police drove into the park and confronted the child, deputy chief Edward Tomba said.
Tamir Rice, who had been holding a pellet gun, died of his wounds the next day. He was killed after a 911 caller reported “a guy” in the park was pointing a “probably fake” gun at people.
Police also released audio recordings of the 911 call from the park. One of the officers involved in the shooting, Timothy Loehmann, 26, had joined the police force in March. “Tim was new to the Cleveland division of police,” Tomba said. He was working with Frank Garmack, 46, who had been with the force for six years.
Gee that seems like kind of a bad mistake to make.
I guess that’s why pencils have erasers:
The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village.
The Times Leader reports Bellaire’s police chief confirmed Friday he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer.
Richard Flanagan said Loehmann was never charged in Tamir’s death and deserves a second chance. . . .
A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann. He was fired last year after it was discovered he was previously deemed “unfit for duty.”