Police have shot and “apparently” killed a Somali man involved in an armed hostage taking situation at a Walmart in Amarillo, Texas, a town known for taking in a flood of refugees.
Suspect has been shot by APD SWAT and is apparently dead. Hostages inside are safe https://t.co/gY8nVkbTml
— Amarillo Police Dept (@AmarilloPD) June 14, 2016
The hostages are now safe, following the conclusion of the situation at the local Walmart. The Amarillo Police Department is asking civilians to avoid the area.
TV broadcaster KAMR stated there were shots fired in the hostage situation.
Other law enforcement authorities are evacuating shoppers from the store. In the meantime, the Amarillo Police Department posted a statement online, but did not provide much extra information.
“APD on scene with armed subject at the Walmart at Georgia and Canyon Drive. APD and several other agencies are on scene at the Walmart on georgia. There are reports of an armed subject inside who may have hostages. More info when it’s available. Please avoid the area so that officers can focus on the scene and not traffic.”
Police have since said the situation appears to be one of workplace violence.
As of January 2016, Amarillo had the highest ratio of refugees in the entire country, and is home to over 1,000 of them from various Middle Eastern and East African countries. Texas officials have tried to fight the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement to little avail. Since the Obama administration forwarded the idea of funneling Syrian refugees into Texas, on top of existing refugee flows, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission filed a lawsuit against the federal government, which is pending. President Barack Obama wants 10,000 refugees in America by October 1.
“We’ve been a giving community, and it’s a huge disservice to bring in refugees in numbers that we’re not able to handle. We create small ghettos,” Mayor Paul Harpole toldback in January.
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