EL MIRAGE – Police took a man into custody who reportedly accidentally fired one round into the ceiling of a Walmart in front of several people.
El Mirage officers responded to the store located at 12900 W. Thunderbird after receiving reports of shots fired. When police arrived at the store the manager was standing with the suspect.
During the investigation, witnesses told officers 30-year-old David Walter, of Surprise, entered the store with a semi-automatic pistol in a holster. He would reportedly holster the gun and un-holster it as he walked through the store. Witnesses say the suspect ‘continually messed with’ and was manipulating the gun.
Walter was standing at the electronics counter talking to the clerk when he reportedly pulled the gun out of the
holster, removed the magazine and put it back in. The clerk got scared and said she was afraid he was going to rob her and notified the store manager.
Walter again allegedly approached a checkout lane and stood near several customers and workers as he pulled the gun from his holster. As he pulled the gun out it magazine dislodged and fell to the floor.
Walter re-inserted the magazine into the pistol and manipulated it as if loading it when the gun discharged.
The suspect was arrested and booked on six counts of endangerment, disorderly conduct and discharging a weapon within the city limits.