Atlanta police detain heavily armed man inside Publix grocery store


ATLANTA — Around 1:34 pm on Wednesday, Atlanta police officers responded to the Publix Supermarket, located at 1380 Atlantic Dr NW, due to a report of a heavily armed man inside the business.

The first officers on scene met with management who said a man armed with a rifle entered the store. Officers quickly found and detained the man for questioning. During the investigation, officers recovered 5 firearms and body armor from his possession–2 long guns and 3 pistols. One long gun and the pistols were concealed.

Police say the unidentified man entered the store openly carrying a rifle and entered the bathroom. A witness saw the man and alerted store management who then notified police.

When the man exited the bathroom, arriving units immediately detained him. EMS is also on scene conducting a mental health evaluation.

The investigation ongoing. It is unknown if the man meant to cause harm or if he will face any charges.

The incident comes two days after a man in Boulder, Colorado carried out a mass shooting inside a supermarket, killing 10 people, including a police officer.

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