Police fatally shoot armed man after argument at Weslaco Walmart

Weslaco authorities gather at Walmart following a shooting in the store. (The Monitor)

WESLACO, Texas (AP) — An armed suspect is dead after exchanging gunfire with police and deputies Monday inside a Walmart store in the Valley, police said.

About 3 p.m., a man dressed in black and carrying an assault-style rifle walked into a Walmart Supercenter in Weslaco, where he began arguing with a customer, Police Chief Joel Rivera told reporters.

The customer left and the store evacuated as officers converged. At the officers’ command, the man dropped the rifle but drew a handgun and exchanged fire, Rivera said. No other injuries were reported.

The motive and identity of the suspect were not immediately available, Rivera said. A message to a police spokesman was not immediately returned.

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