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24th Dec 2022

Police fatally shoot woman who was holding Walmart employee hostage

Steve Hopkins

The woman said that she did not want to hurt anyone

Police fatally shot a woman who had taken a Walmart store employee hostage while demanding to speak to a TV news anchor.

Corlunda McGinister, 21, of West Helena, Arkansas, was killed in the incident in Richland, Mississippi on Wednesday evening, CBS News reported.

Video posted on social media showed a woman holding a gun in one hand while gripping the employee’s vest with the other.

The woman with the gun shouted that she needed help and wanted to speak to a news anchor, CBS News. reported Another video showed officers asking the woman to put her hands up as she yelled that she was not trying to hurt anyone.

Richland Police Chief Nick McLendon told WAPT-TV. that no one else was injured during the incident.

“It’s devastating for all parties involved – the officers, everybody that was involved in this situation,” McLendon said.

“You know, with the Christmas season coming, mental health is a big deal because of the stress involved in the Christmas season.”

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is now investigating the shooting and is due to share its findings with the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office.

The police chief went on to state that people can contact the police department if they are struggling with their mental health or if the struggles of the Christmas season are getting too much.

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