January 28, 2011
Kirksville, Mo. —A report of an armed man acting erratically in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday led to the store being temporarily locked down before Kirksville Police responded to and diffused the situation with no injuries.
According to Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes, a passerby stopped a Kirksville Police officer and said they had seen an individual acting erratically in a truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot shortly before 2:30 p.m. The passerby believed the individual had a gun to his head.
“We don’t take these things lightly,” Hughes said, “especially nowadays.”
The individual was talking on a cell phone at the time of the incident. It’s likely that is the object the passerby identified as a gun.