Walmart lockdown lifted after alleged theft and assault
Shawnee Police placed the Walmart store near 65th Street and Maurer Road on lockdown late Monday after a customer reported someone had pointed a gun at him.
In a news release, Sergeant Matt Seichepine says officers were called to the Walmart, 16100 West 65th Street around 10 p.m. Monday.
"Officers arrived and learned that two suspects, a white female and black male, fled the store in a white Toyota Camry after pointing a handgun at another customer in the parking lot," Seichepine said in the news release. "The store was evacuated and searched as a precaution but no evidence of a shooting was found."
Johnson County Med-Act transported one woman to an area hospital with minor injuries. Seichepine says the woman fell while running from the store. No other injuries were reported.
One officer from the Lake Quivira Police Department assisted Shawnee officers with the search and perimeter in the immediate area of the store.
The store was allowed to reopen shortly before 11:45 p.m.
On Wednesday, Major Dan Tennis released additional information to Operation 100 News. Tennis says the incident started inside the Walmart store with the female suspect allegedly taking some rings from the jewelry counter.
"An employee yelled for her to stop and she fled out the doors," Tennis said. "A male customer heard and saw what was happening and tackled the female theft suspect in the parking lot."
Tennis says that's when the male suspect got out of a waiting car and allegedly pointed a black handgun at the man who had tackled the female.
Both suspects then left the parking lot in a white Toyota Camry.
Recorded radio traffic indicates a Shawnee officer on northbound Interstate 435 shortly after the incident spotted a vehicle with a similar description. The radio traffic indicates the officer lost sight of the vehicle near Woodend Road, just north of the Kansas River in Wyandotte County, at 10:11 p.m.
When asked about this radio traffic Major Tennis stated, "I have no information at this time that an officer tried to stop the suspect vehicle on I-435 Highway."
Tennis confirmed to Operation 100 News that there is surveillance video of the incident and detectives are working with Walmart loss prevention to obtain a copy of that video.
"Once we actually get the files on a DVD we will review to see what, if any images we want to release," Tennis said. "We have pretty vague suspect descriptions, a white female, and a heavy set black male."