A hostage situation unraveled at a Mississippi Walmart after a distressed customer held a worker at gunpoint before officers shot her dead.
The incident occurred at around 5.40pm at a Richland store on Wednesday and ended shortly after police entered the building and shot the unidentified suspect.
Horrific footage taken by a shopper showed the woman holding the gun directly to a wide-eyed and terrified female worker’s head while walking at the front of the store.
It’s unclear what led to the woman pulling out the gun, but she was seen trembling in distress. The worker wasn’t injured.
The incident occurred nearly a month after the mass shooting in Virginia that left six Walmart workers dead.
The footage from inside the Walmart showed the woman yelling out loud at the start of the video.
It’s unclear what she said, but she appeared to be waiting for something.
Seconds later the woman caught glimpse of the man taking the video and insisted she wasn’t going to hurt the hostage.
‘Hey, I’m not gonna hurt anybody,’ the woman shouted.
To which he responded: ‘Why don’t you let her go then.’
‘We’re not doing this “good cop,”‘ she yelled back.
The video then cut to when two officers entered and talked down the woman who was then hiding with the hostage behind a corner.
‘Put your hands up,’ one officer shouted as the woman continued to scream in the background.
Police later confirmed they entered the store and shot the woman holding the hostage dead.
The incident occurred at around 5.40pm and was captured on camera by a shopper who was hiding behind merchandise. Two officers later entered and ended the hostage situation
One shopper recalled the moment she was about to enter the Walmart for last minute Christmas shopping as others were rushing out the doors.
‘We barely got in, people were running out and people were screaming “get out” to me and my cousin,’ one woman told WAPT. ‘So we ran out and it was just horrifying and then we heard the gunshot.’
Richland police Chief Nick McLendon called the officer-involved shooting ‘devastating’ while emphasizing how tough the holidays can be for some people.
‘It’s devastating for all parties involved – the officers, everybody that was involved in this situation,’ McLendon told the news outlet. ‘You know, with the Christmas season coming, mental health is a big deal because of the stress involved in the Christmas season.’
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