Update: Commander Chris Norman said investigators found the suspect was looking ag BB gun ammunition in Walmart. The threat was declared unfounded by investigators and the case is closed, Norman said.
Federal Way police are investigating an alleged gunman who was seen at a Federal Way Walmart on Wednesday evening.
According to Federal Way police Cmdr. Kurt Schwan, officers responded to the Walmart at 1900 S. 314th St. around 5 p.m. to a call of a white male approximately 35-40 years old waving a handgun around inside the store and making threats.
Schwan was unable to confirm any more details about the suspect or what threats he was making.
The business was put into lockdown during the event, but officers were unable to locate the suspect.
According to video surveillance, the suspect was seen exiting the store shortly after the 911 call. It is unknown which direction he went after the left the business.
There were no reported shots fired or injuries.
FWPD Comdr. Chris Norman said after reviewing security footage, they believe the suspect may have been looking at ammunition for a BB gun at the business, however they have not been able to confirm this yet.
Norman said the suspect apparently told Walmart security it was a BB gun after they began following him around the store.
When security told the suspect they were calling 911, the suspect allegedly encouraged them to and said he would shoot the police, Norman said.
While police are still investigating this incident, they do not believe it is an iminent threat, Norman said. It is possible the suspect was making a flippant comment rather than an actual threat.
Norman encouraged citizens to continue calling 911 if they see an suspicious activity so the police can check it out and make sure there isn’t a safety issue.