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One arrested, one cited in Baton Rouge Walmart incident

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 18:39:52-04

One person has been arrested and another cited in connection with Tuesday's incident at a Walmart in Baton Rouge.

According to the Advocate, 32-year-old Jacob Bess was issued a misdemeanor summons for disturbing the peace. 44-year-old Robert Tucker was arrested for disturbing the peace and aggravated assault with a firearm.

What was first reported as a shooting at a Walmart on Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning turned out to be an altercation between two men. That altercation, according to deputies, involved a gun and a pair of scissors. Police say that a shooting did not take place at the Walmart.

According to the East Baton Sheriff's Office, the incident began with two men exchanging words at the customer service counter inside the store.

One man told the other "Hey, I've got something for ya" and left the area. He returned holding something "in a gun-like position." The object was not a gun, but a pair of scissors. The first man's position implied that he would stab the other.

The second man drew a gun, and according to sheriff's office, that is when people started screaming.

One person, a bystander, was wounded as shoppers attempted to flee the store in the midst of the chaos.

To read more on Tuesday's incident, click here.