TAYLOR, Ariz. (KNXV) -- The Snowflake-Taylor Police Department in northeastern Arizona said a "quick-thinking and brave" Walmart employee helped disarm a man after that man walked into the store on Monday morning and held an unknown number of employees at gunpoint.
At about 4:48 a.m. Monday, the Snowflake-Taylor Police Dept. responded to 911 reports that an armed man had entered a Walmart store through the garden area as employees were setting up the store to open, with one caller saying a shot had been fired outside.
Snowflake-Taylor Police said the suspect, later identified as 52-year-old Concho, Arizona resident Solomon Dominguez, held the employees at gunpoint. Police said Dominguez called 911 to negotiate with an officer. Police said as Dominguez became distracted while on the phone, he placed his handgun on a counter, and an employee grabbed it, and the employees ran out of the building to safety.
A police special-response team arrived on the scene and entered the building, where the arrested Dominguez without incident at 6:57 a.m. Police said no one was injured in the incident. Dominguez was hospitalized for evaluation.
KNXV reports Dominguez faces charges including multiple counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, disorderly conduct with a firearm, discharging a firearm at a structure, and first-degree burglary.
Dominguez is also a suspect in a situation last week in Navajo County. According to the Navajo County Sheriff's Office press release, Dominguez is accused of brandishing a gun at a driver in the parking lot of the Concho Country Store and firing at least one round into the ground as the driver drove away. He faces charges of disorderly conduct involving a weapon, endangerment, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in that case.