Watch below: The Clinton Police Department held a press conference on the lockdown at Walmart
CLINTON, Iowa — The lockdown at Walmart has been lifted and a suspect, 35-year-old Jacob M. Dau of Clinton, is in custody, police said.
The incident started shortly after 9 a.m. when Clinton Police were called to help apprehend a man on the run from investigators, according to Captain Steven Kopp. The man was wanted on numerous warrants, two of which are felony charges, and was running from agents with the Division of Criminal Investigation on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Captain Kopp said the chase started at the Wild Rose Casino. The suspect ran through Clinton Memorial Cemetery before ending up at the South 25th Street Walmart, which is less than a mile west of the casino.
Customers and employees were then evacuated from the building and law enforcement began a search of the building, said Kopp.
Kopp said the suspect was found hiding within a sales bin on the sales floor, and surrendered to police. He was taken to the Clinton County Jail where charges were pending.
In response to the speculation of whether or not the suspect had a gun, Kopp said no gun has been found.
“A more detailed search is being done by the Walmart staff,” he said.
Kopp said nobody was injured.
The lockdown was lifted around 11:40 a.m., and customers were allowed to re-enter the store.
A witness at the scene told the Clinton Herald that employees were evacuated to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites while police searched for someone who had walked into the store with a gun.
Chris Streets, the general manager for MaC 94.7 and KCLN AM 1390, went live on Facebook about 40 minutes into the situation. During the video, Streets noted that employees were walking around the parking lot and that police were on scene.
While on the video, Streets said that somebody had been apprehended.
Watch the video below.