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Man With Gun Tackled Outside Westminster Walmart

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Cassidy Ray Rhoads (credit: Westminster Police)

Cassidy Ray Rhoads (credit: Westminster Police)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4/AP) — A customer at a Walmart store in Westminster tackled a man after seeing a gun during a dispute. The man was arrested and detained on several charges.

Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso said Friday the man with the gun was Cassidy Ray Rhoads. He began shouting and causing a disturbance in the parking lot of a Walmart at 9499 Sheridan Blvd.

A customer asked Rhoads to stop being so vulgar which seemed to upset him. A verbal argument escalated and Rhoads reached for a handgun in his pants.

The customer tackled Rhoads before he could pull out the gun.

During the struggle the gun fell out and was picked up by another citizen. Several customers and store employees pinned Rhoads to the ground until police arrived. Walmart loss prevention officers held onto the gun until it was given to officers.

During the struggle Rhoads suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital.

Rhoads remains detained at the Jefferson County Jail on several charges including felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Police believe drugs may be a factor contributing to Rhoads’ behavior.

Police in Westminster urge citizens to keep from confronting individuals that are upset or causing a disturbance.

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