One in custody after report of man with gun behind West Chester Walmart

A person was in custody Monday afternoon after an extensive search of the wooded area around the West Chester Twp. Walmart on Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

“An individual is in custody,” said Barb Wilson, township spokeswoman. “No further threat to the community.”

Officials had no word on charges, yet, Wilson added.

Police also searched a West Chester Twp. residence on Summerhill Drive late Monday afternoon. Wilson said the search is connected to the ongoing investigation outside Walmart.

West Chester Police began searching area around Walmart about 12:50 p.m. on a report of a man in with a rifle walking behind the building, Wilson said.

There were about 15 police officers from the township and other agencies checking the area after a report was received. A drone and K-9 units were also used.

No buildings were evacuated.

“They are just checking out the report. They are taking it seriously, but there is nothing definitive. Just investigating,” Wilson said earlier in the investigation.

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