With people still dealing with the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, tensions were running high after police responded to an emergency call of shots fired at an Amarillo Walmart.
The call came in after 11 this morning, and soon after… Customers and employees were being evacuated from the building.
Ofc. Jeb Hilton, with the Amarillo Police Department tells us, “Whenever we got a call of it being an active shooter, we arrived on scene. Our officers went in looking for the shooter.”
Lt. Erick Bohannon with the Special Crimes Unit said, “When we have an active shooter, our response is very fast.”
But the response can “radically change” — as Lt. Bohannon said in a press conference earlier today — upon learning new information.
“Once they figured out it was a barricaded subject, SWAT team members were already on their way here, so then it geared back into a SWAT call-up type situation.” Lt. Bohannan said.
Ofc. Hilton explains, “They started doing more of a slower search, just checking for the subject, figuring out where he’s at, trying to make contact with him.”
Ultimately, all customers and employees made it out of the building safe.
But two SWAT officers fired at the suspect, Mohammad Moghaddam, 54.
He’s been declared dead, and the officers have been placed on a three-day leave per department policy.
Earlier today, Texas State Representative Four Price took to Twitter, offering his gratitude to Amarillo Police.
He wrote, “Thank you to Amarillo PD and SWAT team for quickly controlling today’s hostage situation. Our city is safe thanks to you.”
Congressman Mac Thornberry also weighing in.
In a statement, he wrote: “Every day law enforcement officers stand ready to protect the public, even at the risk of their own lives.Expecially in recent months, I do not believe they get the thanks they deserve. Today we have all been reminded.”