By Stephanie Tshappat / Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
MILTON-FREEWATER — An armed Walla Walla man was arrested in a Milton-Freewater tire store Monday after he allegedly threatened to kill people because his car wasn’t being worked on immediately, police said.
Walter Glen Ferguson, 52, was arrested on investigation of felon in possession of a firearm, a class C felony; unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon (knife), menacing, second degree disorderly conduct, trespass with a firearm, all class A misdemeanors; and second degree criminal trespass, a class C misdemeanor.
He was booked into the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.
Milton-Freewater police responded around 1:30 p.m. to a report of man with a gun threatening to kill people at Les Schwab Tires, 609 E. Broadway Ave., police said. When officers arrived, a citizen had already detained Ferguson by pinning him against the front counter of the store. The citizen also had taken a loaded full sized semi-automatic pistol from Ferguson.
Officers discovered a fully loaded semi-automatic pistol in Ferguson’s right boot, with two fully loaded spare magazines. A tactical knife also was seized, police said.
Witnesses told police Ferguson became upset because the tires he bought were not being immediately put on his vehicle and because an employee he had requested to speak with was unavailable. Witnesses also said Ferguson brandished a gun and threatened another customer.
Ferguson was also arrested on investigation of additional firearms and menacing charges from a 2013 incident in Milton-Freewater, during which he brandished a firearm outside a local bar, police said.