Customer tackles gunman at Walmart

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A verbal disturbance at a Westminster Walmart led to the arrest of a man now facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

Cassidy Rhoads, 33, is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on charges of felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, after attempting to pull a hand gun at a customer on Feb. 8 at the Walmart store at 9499 Sheridan Blvd.

Around midnight, Rhoads began shouting and causing a disturbance in the parking lot of the store, according to police reports. A customer asked Rhoads to stop being so vulgar, which further upset Rhoads and led to a verbal argument between the two. Rhoads reached for a handgun in his pants, but was tackled by another customer in the parking lot.

Investigator Trevor Materasso said several customers and store employees pinned Rhoads on the ground until police arrived, while a Walmart loss-prevention employee held the gun until it could be given to officers.

“During the struggle Mr. Rhoads hit his head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious,” Materasso said. “He was transported to a local hospital by the Westminster Fire Department.  Mr. Rhoads is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history.”

Police believe drugs may be a contributing factor to Rhoads’ behavior. Materasso said residents should use caution when confronting individuals that are upset or causing a disturbance.

“By confronting these individuals you potentially become a focus of their anger and put yourself in a position to be seriously injured,” he said. “We prefer you call 911 when someone is causing a disturbance.”

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