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November 18, 2013

One arrested for gunshot in Walmart

CENTERVILLE — Centerville Police have made an arrest in connection with the gun shot fired inside of the Walmart Supercenter in Centerville Sunday afternoon.

Christopher William Strube, 50 of Centerville, was arrested and charged with discharging a weapon within the city limits of Centerville. Police made the arrest at approximately 9 a.m. Monday morning.

According to a press release from the Centerville Police Department late Monday morning, Strube said he was carrying a .45-caliber gun in his pants pocket. He stated that a bottle that he was carrying hit the handgun and caused it to fire one round.

The press release continues to say that Strube advised that after the gun went off he paid for his items and left the store.

Police say they found a bullet hole in a basket and several cans of beans after several employees and customers stated they heard a gunshot and smelled gun powder in the area inside of the store shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday. Officers also located a .45-caliber bullet in one of the cans of beans.

Strube does have a valid concealed weapon permit, police say.

No injuries reported in the incident.

Strube was released on a promise to appear at his initial court date on November 26.

The intitial report from the store came in at 2:01 p.m. on Sunday. The reporting caller stated that they had heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot and that a display near the front of the store had fallen at the Walmart Supercenter.

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