Police close Walmart for short time due to bomb threat

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Texarkana, Texas Police and Fire responded to Walmart on New Boston Rd. Sunday evening on reports of a man making a bomb threat.

According to police the store was contacted by an unidentified person stating that there was a bomb in the store. In a second call, the caller demanded money from the store manager and threatened to “start shooting people” if the demand was not met.

Officers carrying long rifles entered the store and searched for a suspect. Other officers manned each door turning away shoppers.

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According to police the store manager made the decision to close the store until he was confident that the threat was a hoax and that there was no danger to the customers or employees.

Officers and firefighters blocked off parking lot entrances preventing people from entering the parking lot.

Around 20 minutes after officers first entering the store officers reopened the store and went back into service.

Texarkana, Texas Police Department Public Information Officer Mike Jones said they take these types of threats seriously and will investigate the incident thoroughly.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to contact the Texarkana, Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crimestoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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