Firefighter Saves The Day While Off Duty

Firefighters do quite a bit as they are often the first to respond to an emergency. So they are used to acting under pressure. An off duty firefighter found himself in another emergency but this time at a Walmart.

The Firefight came upon an armed man, Dmitriy N. Andreychenko, 20,  that looked to be getting ready to harm people in the store. Andreychenko was wearing body armor and a rifle. It was later found that he had over 100 rounds of ammunition.  Lucky for all of the customers in the store, the firefighter came prepared for this type of situation too, as he was armed. So he held Andreychenko at gunpoint until the police arrived.

On the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, Springfield Police Officers arrested 20-year-old (DOB: 09/29/1998) Dmitriy N. Andreychenko for 1st degree making a terrorist threat.

The case is currently under review by the Greene County Prosecutor. Once formal charges are filed by the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office more detailed information will be released.

Thank you to members of the media and the community of Springfield for your patience as this investigation continues.

At approximately 4:10 p.m. Springfield Police Officers were dispatched to 3150 W. Republic Rd. to a Walmart Neighborhood Market.  An armed white male in his twenties was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody. No injuries were reported and no shots were fired. At this time, the investigation is on-going and we are working to determine his motives.”

His intent was not to cause peace or comfort to anybody that was in the business,” Lt. Mike Lucas with the Springfield Police Department said. “In fact, he’s lucky to be alive still to be honest.”

Although it’s not yet clear what the man’s intent was, Lucas said, “We definitely have some crimes here.”

They are just lucky that the firefighter showed up if it were not for him many people could have been harmed or even killed depending on what Andreychenko was planning.

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