Durant Police: Man arrested after threatening to shoot up Walmart

Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 11:10 AM CDT
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DURANT, OK (KXII) - A man was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Walmart Thursday night.

Durant Police said 28-year-old Joshua Tyler Harris was arrested after barricading himself in a home on Denison and Grand Ave.

Durant police said they received a tip Thursday afternoon of a potential shooting at a Durant Walmart.

Officers said they were told the suspect would shoot police if they got in his way.

Police said an undercover cop was sent to a home on Denison and Grand Street while law enforcement arrived on the scene, and the entire neighborhood was evacuated.

“No shots fired, nobody was hurt, Josh was taken into custody, peacefully and brought to the police department, and had zero injuries,” Durant Police Detective Brandon Mitchell said.

Durant Police tell News 12 Harris was on the phone with a negotiator and Harris told them he wanted to speak to his grandma, shortly after, that is when Harris exited the house.

Police said four guns were located inside Harris’ home and 193 rounds of ammo, both piston and rifle ammo.

Harris will be charged with terroristic threats and will be mentally evaluated according to law enforcement.

“Last night he had a no bond warrant and he did go to court today and I believe it was reduced to maybe $250,000,” Mitchell said.

The timeline for Harris’ alleged plan to shoot up the Walmart is unknown.

28-year-old Joshua Harris was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Walmart...
28-year-old Joshua Harris was arrested after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a Walmart Thursday night.(Bryan County Sheriff's Office)

Officers said there were no shots fired, and Harris turned himself in after speaking with his grandmother on the phone.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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