Police ‘de-fuse’ tense situation at gas station

A tense situation had a peaceful resolution Wednesday, but not before police had to call the Biloxi bomb squad to the Chevron gas station on Highway 90.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Tom Burleson said Wednesday that his office received a call of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a gas pump at the Chevron at 746 Highway 90 at 7:46 a.m Wednesday.
Burleson said employees in the store noticed a red truck pull up to the pump and observed a white male–later identified as James Hall Walker, 23, of Gulfport–running away from the truck.
Authorities were called to the gas station and the parking lot was sealed off as a precaution, Burleson said.
“We did not know what we had,” Burleson said. “The store was closed out of an abundance of caution.”
Burleson said the bomb squad from the Biloxi Police Department was called to investigate the truck. While waiting for the bomb squad to arrive, Walker was spotted running back towards the gas station.
Police detained him and began to question him on why he left the vehicle unattended and what was in it, Burleson said.
“He said the voices in his head told him to run,” Burleson said. “He refused to say if there was anything in the truck.”
While police were questioning Walker, he was heard cursing at officers and appeared disoriented.
He was checked by paramedics from American Medical Response and eventually was taken away from the scene in an ambulance. The Biloxi bomb squad arrived about 10:15 a.m. and a check of the vehicle found nothing of consequence inside, Burleson said.
The vehicle was towed and the store was reopened a short time later, Burleson said.
Walker was charged with two counts of disturbance of a business and public intoxication.
He was later transported to the Hancock County Justice Facility on Longfellow Ave.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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