Mayor declares Indiana Wal-Mart a public nuisance

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. — A mayor in Indiana reached his wit’s end last week after another publicized scuffle at a local Wal-Mart.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Beech Grove, Ind., mayor Dennis Buckley declared the business a public nuisance after a string of incidents, the latest of which involved a shoplifting suspect wave his gun at store employees before shooting himself in the head. The suspect, 42-year-old Gillace Monroe Samples, died over the weekend from his wounds.

As a “public nuisance,” the Wal-Mart can now be assessed a fine whenever police are called there, the Star reports. The mayor said it was a necessary resolution.

“We’re better than that, our community is better than that and I don’t want to get a phone call every day saying that somebody pulled a gun at Wal-Mart and has done something out of line,” Buckley said.

Other incidents at the same Wal-Mart include a recorded brawl between two women in the shampoo aisle and another shoplifting incident in which the suspect struck and killed a 63-year-old woman while fleeing police. 

Brian Nick, a Wal-Mart spokesman, told the Star that the company is as frustrated with the incidents as city officials are.

Beech Grove, Ind., is a small town of about 15,000 people roughly 6 miles from Indianapolis.