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Saturday, March 5, 2011

SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Department of Public Safety continues to investigate a disturbance in a parking lot that temporarily closed a Sikeston business on Friday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m. Friday, officers were called to the Walmart parking lot in reference to a subject firing a handgun, said Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for DPS.

The 28-year-old man who shot the gun said that he was in the parking lot when several men confronted him. The man said at least one person in the group displayed a weapon, and he felt threatened.

Then, the man pulled a pistol and fired a shot into the air. "He said he did this to scare his attackers off," said McMillen.

The alleged attackers then left, and the man who shot the gun waited for officers to arrive. None were injured.

When officers arrived, they disarmed the man, according to McMillen, and took him into custody until the shooting could be thoroughly investigated.

"Officers will try to determine if the man was justified in his actions or if charges will be filed," said McMillen.

Walmart was closed for a short time while officers conducted their investigation.

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