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Report of man with gun at Walmart was false alarm in Arcadia

Posted at 2:24 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 14:24:57-04

DeSOTO COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies in Arcadia say a report of a man with a firearm at Walmart turned out to be false, but give credit to those that spoke up about a possibly dangerous situation.

It happened around 9am Sunday at the Walmart in Arcadia, when a 911 call reported a male suspect with a firearm.

Deputies responded in just two minutes, and located the person of interest. The man was cooperative and no firearms or ammunition were found on the man.

"This is a perfect example of if you 'See Something, Say Something'!" the sheriff's office wrote on their Facebook page. "Although this incident was a misidentification of a potential weapon, it did prove our agency was ready to handle a call of this nature and we thank our citizens for being helpful."