Police in Springfield, Missouri, said they arrested a man who showed up 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 Thursday. No shots were fired.
The incident happened five days after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart, left 22 people dead.
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.
He reportedly grabbed a shopping cart and began pushing it around while recording himself on a phone, Springfield’s KYTV reported. After being alerted to this, the store manager pulled a fire alarm and shoppers fled.
Police say Andreychenko also attempted to exit the store but was met by an armed off-duty fireman.
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.
Police in Missouri identified the armed suspect that entered a Springfield Walmart on Thursday as 20-year-old Dmitriy Nickolayvich Andreychenko.
Andreychenko was booked into the Greene County Jail at around 9:14 p.m. on an arresting charge of making a terroristic threat in the first degree, according to booking information from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.