Police Arrest ‘Heavily Armed’ Man At Springfield Walmart

Aug 8, 2019

The August 8 incident occurred at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield, Missouri, similar to the store in this file photo.
Credit KSMU File photo

Springfield police have arrested a man who they say was “heavily armed” and wearing body armor in a Springfield Walmart Neighborhood Market Thursday afternoon.

No shots were fired, and no injuries have been reported, officials say. 

According to the Springfield Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Walmart on 3150 W. Republic Road around 4:10 p.m. Thursday after receiving several calls of a potential active shooter.

There, an armed, white male in his twenties was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until police arrived and took the man into custody, according to the SPD.  

The Springfield, Missouri arrest comes on the heels of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas last week. The shooter in Dayton, Ohio reportedly wore a bulletproof vest and the shooter in El Paso, Texas killed 22 people at a Walmart store there.

The Springfield Police Department is asking anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to a police officer to call the department at 417-864-1810.