Ozarks First does not typically report bomb threats. This one, however, has caused a public inconvenience and has resulted in multiple concerned viewers reaching out to the station. For that reason, we are choosing to inform the public on this issue.
REPUBLIC, Mo. — Police and fire responded to a bomb threat at the Republic Walmart around 5:30 p.m. on May 27.
Around 50 employees, as well as customers, were evacuated from the store while police arrived on the scene.
Along with the police, the fire department and bomb squad arrived and went inside the store to track the movement of the person who made the threat.
No bomb was found inside the building, however, the public informations officer in Republic, Mike Landis, says one employee of Walmart has been placed in custody.
According to Chief Duane Compton, police officers don’t actually have to sweep and clear the entire building like you see in the movies.
“The technology that they have in these stores is pretty advanced,” said Compton. “And they can pretty much follow you anywhere on camera. So that makes our process easier when we have a suspect, we can track their movements. So that’s helped speed this process up, where our suspect went throughout the store.”
Employees were allowed back in the store around 7:45 p.m. and the store will re-open May 28 at 7 a.m.
The threat was confirmed by the City of Republic. An investigation into the validity of the threat is underway.
Ozarks First has a crew on the way to wait for further information. Right now people can be seen standing in the parking lot, while authorities prep to sweep the building.
Watch a Facebook Live filmed when the incident took place: