Man Enters Walmart With Body Armor And Rifle, Gets Detained By Armed Firefighter

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Dmitriy Andreychenko has been charged with first-degree making a terroristic threat, according to police.

Springfield, MO – An off-duty firefighter confronted a man with a gun decked out in body armor at a Walmart store on Thursday, then held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. at the Walmart store on Republic Road, KYTV reported.

The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Dmitriy Andreychenko, was carrying a rifle, a handgun, and over 100 rounds of ammunition when he walked into the store, NBC News reported.

Witnesses called 911 and reported the situation as a possible active shooter, Springfield Police Lieutenant Mike Lucas told the news outlet.

“A male wearing a bulletproof vest and AR around his neck just walked into the store and is recording himself,” one caller told dispatch, according to ABC News.

"He walked in here, heavily armed with body armor on, in military fatigues, and caused a great amount of panic inside the store," Lt. Lucas continued, before referencing two recent mass shootings. “Obviously, what's happened in Texas and Dayton and all that kind of stuff in the last seven days — that’s on everybody’s minds."

After entering the store, Andreychenko grabbed a cart and began pushing it around the aisles while recording himself with a cell phone, KYTV reported.

The Walmart manager pulled a fire alarm, and yelled for the customers inside the store to evacuate the building, Lt. Lucas told NBC News.

Andreychenko also made his way out of one of the emergency exits, where he was intercepted by an off-duty firefighter, KYTV reported.

The firefighter held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene.

Officers descended on the store within three minutes of receiving the first call about the incident.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the chaos, KYTV reported.

“He’s lucky to be alive, to be honest,” Lt. Lucas said.

“He certainly had the capability [and] the potential to harm people,” he added, according to CNN.

Open carry is legal in Missouri, as long as the individual doesn’t display them in a threatening manner, NBC News reported.

On Friday morning, the Springfield Police Department (SPD) tweeted that Andreychenko was arrested for first-degree making a terroristic threat.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the man’s potential motive has not been released.

Comments (27)
Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

False arrest based on legal behavior?

No. 1-5

Open Carry is Legal as long it's carried in a nonthreatening manner! Well let's see. You carrying with the weapon slung across your back or shoulders. COMPLYING WITH THE LAW. You are wearing Body Armor! No threat here. CWTL Your White with a scruffy beard! Nope no violation.

So how can a member of a free society be held at gunpoint by a non LEO then he is arrested for a crime he didn't commit.

Liberal gun control freaks are running LEO'S out of Star Busters Coffee Shops.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Okay, let's do a "What if?" What if the police responded to the Walmart and decided that the man had a perfect legal right to walk around dressed and armed as he was, so they simply requested that he behave himself, wished him a nice day, and left. Five minutes later there was a repeat of El Paso with dozens killed and wounded. I wonder what Burger Boy and No Common Sense would post then? Ya think it might be diatribes about how stupid the cops were? There's no doubt in my mind, how about yours? And for once, they'd be right!


He’s going to use the excuse: “I was doing a social experiment” and then everything will be dropped because it’s an open carry state. I understand that, but any normal person wouldn’t do a thing like that especially after all the shots been happening. That’s just a stupid thing to do. Maybe legal, we’ll just have to see, but yet at the same time, very stupid.