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“Fake Cowboy” Prompts Evacuation of Seneca Falls Walmart


An incident at the Seneca Falls Walmart store caused a brief disturbance Sunday night when an individual dressed in cowboy attire entered the premises with a gun visibly strapped to their leg. The sighting prompted an immediate response from law enforcement and store management, leading to a temporary evacuation of the store.

After a thorough search of the store, a review of security camera footage, and an interview with the “Cowboy”, Seneca Falls Police determined that the gun carried by the individual was indeed a fake, alleviating concerns about public safety. The incident highlights the heightened vigilance and commitment to public safety by both the Seneca Falls Police Department and the establishment.

A local event attended by the individual earlier had apparently inspired their choice of attire, resembling a character out of the Old West. However, in today’s environment, the sight of any firearm, even if it turns out to be a replica, understandably raises alarm. Seneca Falls Police would like to remind the public to exercise caution and consider the potential impact of their actions, even in the context of costumes or themed attire.

Police are relieved to confirm that the situation was not as dire as initially perceived. Chief Timothy Snyder said officers worked in tandem with store management to quickly assess the situation and ensure the safety of all patrons and employees. Snyder says they want to use this incident to emphasize the importance of maintaining situational awareness and using discretion when displaying items that could be misconstrued as real weapons.

Store operations returned to normal shortly after the incident was deemed false. Walmart management expressed gratitude for the rapid response of the police and the understanding of their customers during the incident.

Chief Snyder extends his thanks to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Waterloo Police Department, and the Seneca County 911 Center for their swift response to assist the Seneca Falls Police Department

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