Gunman Andreychenko Wanted To See if Walmart “Honored the 2nd Amendment”

Documents released today by the Greene County Prosecutor show that Dmitriy Andreychenko, who walked into a Springfield area Walmart Neighborhood Market with a tactical rifle, did it with the intent of seeing if the store “honored the 2nd Amendment.”

Andreychenko claimed he was just planning to buy grocery bags and “did not intend for anyone to act negatively toward him.”

“This is Missouri,” Andreychenko told police. “I understand if we were somewhere else like New York or California, people would freak out.”

He added he was wearing body armor because of the three recent shootings and one stabbing and he wanted to protect himself.

The probable cause statement says that Andreychenko discussed his plan with his wife who pointed out recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton, telling her husband it was not a good idea for him to do what he said he was going to do.

Andreychenko’s sister also told police she had spoken with him before the incident and he asked her to video record him walking into the Walmart with his guns. She said he called it a “social experiment” and that she told him it was a bad idea because of the recent Texas shooting, which is when the conversation ended.

Here is a copy of the felony complaint, probable cause statement and other related documents:

AndreychenkoDocuments

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson has announced that formal charges of making a terrorist threat in the second degree have been filed against Dmitriy Andreychenko, the man who walked into a Walmart Thursday afternoon displaying a tactical rifle.

According to a statement from the Springfield Police Department, “A person commits the crime of making a terrorist threat in the second degree when he recklessly disregards the risk of causing the evacuation of any portion of a building and knowingly communicates an express or implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life or knowingly causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life.”

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson

“Missouri protects the right of people to open carry a firearm, but that right does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens,” Prosecutor Patterson said in a statement.  “As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously explained, ‘the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre causing a panic.’”

Andreychenko is currently in the Greene County Jail being held on $10,000 bond with the condition he cannot possess firearms. If convicted on the charge, he could face 4 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure released a statement Friday afternoon about the incident:

I am deeply troubled by the events that occurred Thursday afternoon, but I am so thankful for the peaceful resolution. As usual, Springfield citizens, workers, first responders and bystanders reacted to a potentially dangerous situation in the right way. The Springfield Police Department moved quickly to address the matter, aided by outstanding work by an off-duty firefighter. I commend all of those involved and empathize with those affected by the situation.

Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson has filed appropriate charges in this matter.

It is necessary and appropriate to have a serious discussion about ideas to make our communities safer. I will be working alongside my City Council colleagues to open further dialogue about our public safety priority and all of its dimensions in the coming months. Together, we will further the dialogue about public safety and any threats to that public safety.

Walmart released a statement where they say Andreychenko is banned for life from their stores.

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