Armed off-duty firefighter detains gunman reportedly carrying 100 rounds of ammo at MO Walmart

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In the left’s Alinsky-inspired campaign to demonize the National Rifle Association, the notion of a good guy with a gun being the best deterrent to stopping a potential bad guy with a gun gets little play in the media when it plays out in real life.

That exact scene occurred Thursday at a Springfield, Missouri, Walmart when a man armed with tactical weapons and wearing body armor and military fatigues was arrested by an off-duty fireman, who was also armed.

“An armed white male in his twenties was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody. No injuries were reported and no shots were fired,” the Springfield Police Department said in a release.

This coming just days after two mass shootings that left 31 people dead, to include one that occurred at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.

And, according to police, the suspect had over one hundred rounds of ammunition on him.

“People obviously were very concerned and started to panic. The store manager pulled the fire alarm and told people to evacuate the building,” Police Lt. Mike Lucas told the local NBC affiliate KY3 News.

More from KY3 News on the man’s actions:

Police then say the man walked into the Walmart: Neighborhood Market where he grabbed a cart and began pushing it around the store. Police say the man was recording himself walking through the store via a cell phone.

The store manager at the Neighborhood Market pulled a fire alarm, urging people to escape the store.

Police say the man then made his way out an emergency exit where a former firefighter held the man at gunpoint. At that moment Springfield Police arrived on scene and detained the man.


While it appears the man’s motivation was to create chaos, given the heightened state around the country after last weekend, Lt. Lucas said “he’s lucky he is alive” after pulling such a stunt.

“He certainly had the capability and the potential to harm people. And then what has happened in Texas and Dayton and all that kind of stuff the last seven days, that is on everybody’s mind,” Lucas added. “His intent was to cause chaos here and he did that.”

Missouri is an open carry state were a permit is not required, providing the firearm is not displayed in an angry or threatening manner. Local ordinances may apply.

If this was some twisted attempt to call attention to that law, it was a stupid thing to do.

The firefighter reportedly had a concealed carry permit.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the incident, with a focus on the armed firefighter who stopped the man before he could do any serious damage.

There was the observation that this may have been an “open carry fanatic.”

And those eager to exploit the incident in their quest for more stringent gun control weighed in, of course.

There was also a whole other argument about whether the suspect was within his rights. Although, this seeming goes down the path of screaming fire in a crowded theater.

Hell, there were even those who say the firefighter was the one in the wrong here!

Tom Tillison


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