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Rockford man charged after allegedly pulling airsoft gun, fighting with police at Walmart

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford man faces four different charges after police say he pulled out an airsoft gun and fought with officers before getting arrested at a Rockford Walmart.

Police responded to the Walmart on Walton Street around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.

Police say 20-year-old Tyon McCarthy argued with a Walmart employee after the employee asked to see his receipt. Police say he then left the store, went to a car in the parking lot, grabbed a gun and went back inside. Police later learned that gun was an airsoft gun

Customers then called 911 and convinced him to leave the Walmart, police say.

McCarthy then allegedly came back to the store to return what he purchased, when that happened police were called. He then allegedly threatened officers and fought with them before he was arrested.

McCarthy now faces disorderly conduct, aggravated intimidation to a police officer, aggravated resisting a police officer and aggravated battery to a police officer charges.

Walmart was closed for a short time while police investigated.


ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Police Department says they were called for reports of an armed man at the Walmart on Walton St., near E. State St.

Police say once they arrived on scene, the man left the area.

Police did not say any shots were fired or anyone was hurt.

Once more information is released, we'll provide updates to this article with more information.

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