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Threats by man with apparent gun prompts evacuation of Walmart in Federal Way

Man with apparent gun makes threats at Walmart in Federal Way

An apparently armed man prompted an evacuation and lockdown of a Walmart store in Federal Way on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, after allegedly making threats.
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An apparently armed man prompted an evacuation and lockdown of a Walmart store in Federal Way on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, after allegedly making threats.

A Walmart store in Federal Way was evacuated Wednesday after a man holding what appeared to be a gun made threats, police said.

The incident took place about 5 p.m.

Police did not immediately say what threats the man made, but police did say he didn’t point a weapon at anyone.

The store was placed on lockdown, sending dozens of panicked shoppers fleeing into the parking lot.

Officers swept the store looking for the man but were unable to find him.

Video surveillance showed the suspect walking out of the store shortly after the first 911 call was made.

Nobody was injured.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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