Cops Kill Man With Guns, Machete in Pa. Walmart

20-year-old making threats was shot after refusing to put down weapons
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2015 10:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Pennsylvania State Police say a man armed with two handguns and a machete was shot and killed by police inside a northeastern Walmart. Andrew Joseph Todd, 20, of Mount Bethel, Pa., was shot when he refused officers' orders to drop his weapon inside the East Stroudsburg Walmart late Saturday. Police were dispatched to the store shortly after 10pm on reports of an armed man threatening and pointing a weapon at customers. Officials say about 100 people were in the store at the time. "He was walking away from us down the aisle holding the gun to his head," one witness tells the Pocono Record. "Then he got to the end of the aisle, he turned right and pointed the gun, like around the corner. I heard a click, like a misfire or a BB gun go off."

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"I did not believe he was a threat, turned away, and dismissed him," says another witness, who thought the gunman was brandishing a toy gun, per the Pocono Record. "I could have touched him. He was an arm’s length away. It was pretty terrifying now that I think about it." State police say officers ordered Todd to drop his weapon. He refused and continued to point it at officers. Police then fired at Todd, striking him in the upper chest. Todd was transported to Pocono Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead by the Monroe County coroner. State police say no customers or officers were injured. (Read more Walmart stories.)

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