Mentally ill man prompts Wal-Mart lockdown

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

A homeless man caused quite a scene at the Rimrock shopping center after his threats prompted a lockdown at the Wal-Mart.

According to Grand Junction Police, the man was in the parking lot talking to himself Sunday, making several generalized threats and mentioning "killing people."

A customer heard his mutterings, called 911 and alerted the store manager. Police officers asked Wal-Mart managers to lock down the store as they responded to the scene.

Officers initiated a high-risk stop because of the possibility the man might have had a weapon.

However, they determined he was unarmed and detained him without incident while officers interviewed him.

Police say the man was passing through the area and suffered from a mental illness. At this time, officers do not believe a crime was committed, so the man has not been charged.

The man has since been released, and police say the man was apologetic for scaring people.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    Wow this would really be difficult. Which mentally ill person would you arrest?
  • by JW Location: GJ on Sep 2, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    Being mentally ill in public is not a crime. I just hope this guy gets the help he needs. Many homeless people are mentally ill. It's very sad.
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      by Case Closed on Sep 2, 2012 at 05:04 PM in reply to JW
      Denver probably sent him over here
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      by Kuddly Koala on Sep 2, 2012 at 05:46 PM in reply to JW
      Of course, mental illness is not a crime. Lots of my friends have it, our wonderful President is going to cure us if he can just get 4 more years.
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        by U r pathetic on Sep 2, 2012 at 08:42 PM in reply to Kuddly Koala
        How desperate are you Republicons? To tie this story to Obama is ludacris at best. How quickly you forget that it was a Republican president that was responsible for the biggest deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill in history. Your big business, small government philosophy results in these folks who need help the most being left in the dust. Try to rationalize that philosophy when it come to treating the mentally ill..... Well???? You get what you pay for!
  • by Coyote Location: Palisade on Sep 2, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    Well ~~~ I have to say, THIS is some really detailed information. Having occurred this Sunday Morning, (sometime between the hours of 12AM and 12 Noon)and being posted around 1:30 PM in the afternoon. I hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience to our dedicated Walmart Shoppers.
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