Police: Gunman charged with terroristic threat in Sulphur Springs Walmart incident

Police: Gunman charged with terroristic threat in Sulphur Springs Walmart incident
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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - Police have charged the gunman involved in an incident at the Sulphur Springs Walmart with terroristic threat.

Hollis Blaine Sartin, 40, of Hopkins County, was charged and served a warrant for terroristic threat, a felony.

Previously, a warrant was issued for his arrest on a vehicle theft, connected to an incident. Police say Sartin went into the Walmart with a BB gun Friday evening. Witnesses say the BB gun looked like a 45 caliber handgun.

Sulphur Springs Police Chief James Sanders told KLTV 7 early Saturday morning that Sartin parked in front of the Walmart in a stolen vehicle. He went inside, and a customer said they thought he had a gun. The store was evacuated, but the man's exact location in the store was not immediately known.

Thinking Sartin remained in the store, authorities and a local pastor tried to negotiate with him by speaking over the store's loudspeaker. The Sulphur Springs SWAT team also went inside the store.

After a complete search of the store, Sartin was not found. Police say that Sartin slipped out the back of the store while SWAT was entering the building.

Police say Sartin was caught hitch hiking in Hopkins County. Before being charged with terroristic threat, Sartin was charged with unathorized use of a vehicle.

Police say Sulphur Springs PD has had dealings Sartin in the past. According to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Sartin has been arrested multiple times in the past twenty-three years on charges including driving while intoxicated, sexual assault on a child, burglary of a habitation, and theft.

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