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Inside Story: The Johnson City Walmart Response

Johnson City police officers were able to subdue a man who had slashed himself inside the Walmart store on Gannett Drive.

JOHNSON CITY POLICE CHIEF BRENT DODGE [Bob Joseph/WNBF News]
JOHNSON CITY POLICE CHIEF BRENT DODGE [Bob Joseph/WNBF News]

Police Chief Brent Dodge said he was pleased the 40-year-old man was taken into custody without further injury to him or anyone else during Tuesday afternoon’s incident.

The man – who recently moved to Binghamton from Johnson City – was being treated for self-inflicted wounds at Wilson Medical Center.

During an interview on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Wednesday morning, Chief Dodge provided new details about what occurred in the store.

Dodge said some Walmart employees had noticed the man walking around “aimlessly.” They had kept an eye on him because he didn’t appear to be acting normally.

The police chief said the man eventually began to cut himself with a razor knife. People then began to run away from him as store workers activated the fire alarm system to evacuate the building.

Dodge praised the work of his officers and the response of Walmart employees to the violent incident.

LISTEN to the Police Chief Brent Dodge describe the sequence of events that occurred August 9.

For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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