pcloudyn.png
Saturday February 29th, 2020 5:56AM

Police identify armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Five days after 22 people were killed at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, panicked shoppers fled a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, after a man carrying a rifle and wearing body armor walked around the store before being stopped by an off-duty firefighter.

Police on Friday identified the man as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, who lived in the Springfield area. Andreychenko was being held in the Greene County jail on suspicion of first-degree making a terrorist threat.

Police did not immediately offer further details about the nature of the possible charge and said no further information would be available while the case is under prosecutorial review.

No shots were fired during the incident on Thursday. Andreychenko was arrested after he was stopped by an armed off-duty firefighter, Springfield police said. No one was injured.

The Springfield News-Leader quoted Lt. Mike Lucas as saying that Andreychenko arrived Thursday afternoon wearing body armor and military-style clothing. He walked inside the Walmart carrying a "tactical rifle," another gun and more than 100 rounds of ammunition, Lucas said.

Lucas said an off-duty firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived about three minutes after receiving an initial call.

"His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business here," Lucas said. "In fact, he's lucky he's alive still, to be honest."

Security video from inside the store would be reviewed to determine Andreychenko's demeanor and a possible motive, he said.

"His intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that," Lucas added.

Walmart issued a statement Friday that praised authorities for stopping the incident from escalating. It said Andreychenko is no longer welcome in its stores.

"This was a reckless act designed to scare people, disrupt our business and it put our associates and customers at risk," said spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins. "We applaud the quick actions of our associates to evacuate customers from our store, and we're thankful no one was injured."

The Greene County prosecutor is reviewing the case to determine possible charges, police spokeswoman Jasmine Bailey said.

The potential charges in the case will depend on Andreychenko's actions while he was in the store, said Dee Wampler, a longtime Springfield defense attorney and former Greene County prosecutor.

Carrying an assault rifle in public is not necessarily a crime, Wampler told The News-Leader.

"If he was looking at people in a menacing way or if he was saying something to other customers that was frightening to them — those would be factors" and could result in felony charges, Wampler said.

He also could be charged with a misdemeanor peace disturbance, or a different misdemeanor if he was told to leave the store and didn't, Wampler said.

Since January 2017, Missouri has not required a permit to openly or conceal carry a firearm for those 19 years or older. Roughly 30 states allow the open carrying of handguns and rifles and shotguns in public without a permit.

San Francisco-based Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence said six states generally prohibit the open carrying of rifles and shotguns — California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey — along with the District of Columbia, the law center said.

California, Florida and Illinois also generally ban the open carry of handguns, as do New York and South Carolina.

Springfield is about 165 miles (266 kilometers) south of Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Richard Gere visits migrants stuck in the Mediterranean
Actor Richard Gere is visiting rescued migrants on board a humanitarian ship that has been stuck in the Mediterranean Sea for over a week.
11:51AM ( 2 minutes ago )
Police identify armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart
Springfield police have identified the man who caused a panic at a Walmart store in Springfield, Missouri, as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko
11:44AM ( 9 minutes ago )
Trump says he wants background checks, also reassures NRA
President Donald Trump says leaders in the House and Senate are having "serious discussions" about background checks for buying guns and that he's been talking to the powerful National Rifle Association
11:43AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Woods withdraws from Northern Trust, citing oblique strain
Tiger Woods withdraws from opening FedEx Cup playoff event with what he calls mild oblique strain
11:24AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Bribe or donation? Parent's defense questions the difference
A parent accused in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme plans to argue that he isn't much different from parents who make donations in the hopes of giving their children an edge in admissions
11:11AM ( 42 minutes ago )
Kashmir curfew partially eased for prayers amid lockdown
A strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir in effect for a fifth day was eased to allow residents to pray at mosques, but some protests still broke out in the disputed region and tensions remained high with neighboring Pakistan
11:06AM ( 47 minutes ago )
AP National News
Richard Gere visits migrants stuck in the Mediterranean
Actor Richard Gere is visiting rescued migrants on board a humanitarian ship that has been stuck in the Mediterranean Sea for over a week.
11:51AM ( 2 minutes ago )
Trump says he wants background checks, also reassures NRA
President Donald Trump says leaders in the House and Senate are having "serious discussions" about background checks for buying guns and that he's been talking to the powerful National Rifle Association
11:43AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Pre-dawn food run then rush home: Kashmir under curfew
Residents of Kashmir are developing a daily drill to cope with an indefinite 24-hour curfew in the Indian-controlled portion of the Himalayan region
11:42AM ( 11 minutes ago )
Armed man arrested at Missouri Walmart; no shots fired
Springfield police have identified the man who caused a panic at a Walmart store in Springfield, Missouri, as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko
11:38AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Polish parliament picks new speaker, seeking to end scandal
Polish lawmakers have chosen a new parliamentary speaker as the ruling populist party seeks to move past a scandal over the frequent use of a government jet by the last speaker and his family
11:28AM ( 25 minutes ago )