Midland Man Arrested For Carrying Gun in HEB 1/29/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 29, 2013
MIDLAND, TX – On Monday afternoon, many HEB shoppers feared for their lives when 28-year-old Michael Tyson entered the grocery store with his gun exposed on his chest holster.
"It caused a lot of alarm with all the shooting with we had nationally,” said Midland Police Sgt. Richard Faulkenberry.
Several shoppers and an off duty officer responded by calling 911 in fear of a possible shooting.
Sergeant Richard Faulkenberry acted quickly to contain the situation.
"The man was all dressed in black…[He had] a black motorcycle vest on that was open and he had a shoulder holster underneath the vest with his big semi automatic pistol hanging ... dangling out," said Faulkenberry.
Tyson did have a concealed handgun license but police say he still broke the law when the weapon was displayed openly in public. Now he's charged with unlawful carry of a weapon.
" There's really no big secret…. it can't be exposed in the public," stated Faulkenberry.
CBS 7 went to Tyson’s home to get his side of the story, but he refused to come out and comment.
His wife said they are seeking legal council on the arrest. He would not confirm if he plans to file a lawsuit over the arrest.
Yesterday Tyson posted a $500 bond. No one was injured during the HEB incident.