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Amarillo Police Department
Tuesday June 14th, 2016 :: 06:14 p.m. CDT


Latest information on Wal-Mart situation

***UPDATE June 16th 6:09 PM*** On June 14th at 11:06 AM officers were dispatched to the Wal-Mart at 4215 Canyon Drive on an active shooter call. Officers determined that the suspect entered the store and fired at least one shot toward the ceiling. The initial report to officers was that he took a hostage and went into an office at the back of the store. Responding officers from multiple agencies arrived at the store and entered. No further shots were fired after the initial shot. The SWAT team continued a search of the store for the barricaded gunman. At about 12:20 PM, SWAT officers saw what they believed was the only hostage come out of the office. SWAT officers entered the room and saw that there was a second hostage at that time. The suspect was still armed with a handgun and was a threat to the hostage and the officers. Two SWAT officers fired shots which hit the suspect. Initial information is that the suspect died immediately. Both hostages were escorted to safety and examined by paramedics. Neither was injured in the incident. The suspect was Mohammad Moghaddam. He is 54. He was an employee of the store. Investigation indicates that there was a dispute between him and management over a promotion. The first hostage taken was the manager that was involved in the dispute. No information is available on the identity of the second hostage taken at this time. APD Special Crimes Unit has taken control of the investigation due to the fact that this is an officer involved shooting. Investigators have not determined how many shots were fired at this point in the investigation. The two SWAT officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure to allow the investigation to be completed. Special Crimes will release more detail as the investigation allows. There is no indication that this had anything to do with terrorism or the shooting that happened over the weekend in Orlando.

Amarillo Police Department
200 SE 3rd Ave
Amarillo, TX 79101

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 806-378-4257

Jeb Hilton
Crime Prevention Unit

4215 Canyon Dr
Amarillo, TX 79110

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