Walmart gun

Bolivar police respond to the community's Walmart at around 7:05 p.m. for a suspect with a firearm.

Update as of 9 p.m.: Lt. Roger Barron said both the woman and man detained for questioning were released without charges. He said the department's report will be sent to the Polk County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review.

Bolivar police officers responded to the community’s Walmart store, located in the 2400 block of South Springfield Avenue, at around 7:05 p.m. Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, after a person reported a suspect with a firearm at the store.

Lt. Roger Barron said the community is not in danger.

“There was no shooting,” he said. “There was no direct threat.”

Barron said a woman, who had a firearm in her vehicle but not on her person in the store, is being detained for questioning.

He added officers are investigating “to make sure they have the full story.”

Barron said the gun threat was called into emergency services by an employee in the store who was told by a customer the woman had a gun and was threatening others.

“The suspect has not been arrested,” Barron said at around 7:45 p.m. “She will not be arrested until we determine if a crime has been committed.”

Chief Mark Webb said police found the woman in a checkout aisle. He said security footage showed she was shopping and not making active threats in the store.

At around 8:45 p.m., Barron added that the customer who reported the threat was also detained for questioning.

He said officers, who responded in full tactical gear, located the woman quickly.

“We had a full tactical response, because we don’t want to take a chance until we know for certain the threat isn’t real,” he said.

This is a developing news story. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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