Former military man speaks out about holding Andreychenko at gunpoint

Published: Aug. 9, 2019 at 6:57 PM CDT
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A former member of the military who held Dmitriy Andreychenko at gunpoint until police arrived said the El Paso shootings were one of the first things that came to his mind.

Police say Andreychenko arrived at a Walmart: Neighborhood Market armed with tactical weapons and more than one hundred rounds of ammunition.

Andy, who prefers to keep his last name anonymous, said he was shopping with his wife when the incident occurred.

"We were checking out and we heard the fire alarm go off," he said.

"[There was] just a rush of people coming for the doorway yelling that there was a man with a rifle and he had a bullet-proof vest on."

He said he is trained in the use of his firearm and had it with him when he was shopping that day.

"When I saw people running from the east side of the building they said he was over there, so I proceeded over to the east side of the building, found him standing up on the hill next to Golden," Andy said. "I asked him if he was the man inside and if the rifle was real and he stated 'yes' and I drew my weapon and ordered him to put his hands in the air."

He said his goal was to try to keep Andreychenko from going back inside or hurting anyone in the parking lot.

The former military member said he is happy Andreychenko was charged.

"I'm very pro second amendment, " he said. "But if his intention was to come in and cause that kind of a panic and try to make people run in fear or whatever the case may be, then that's what he deserves."


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