Frankly – and perhaps sadly – we weren’t going to write anything about what we have come to regard as a commonplace occurrence these days, but we’re taking a number of inquiries so here we go.
Witnesses report attempting to enter the Whole Foods store at 3502 Mt. Diablo Boulevard shortly after 1 p.m., apparently not thinking much about a Lafayette PD car parked out front.
A few of you were apparently taken by surprise when the shoppers who’d gone in ahead of you came boiling out again, talking about a “man with a gun” inside the store. As we said, that’s a common call these days and in this instance we believe it was actually the result of police contact with a man near the rear of the store.
At this stage we don’t know if any lethal weapon was brandished or even present but we do know the man police were attempting to contact didn’t appreciate it and began to scuffle with an officer – who drew and used his Taser.
The non-lethal device apparently curtailed further discussion though witnesses report additional police arriving on scene in response to an apparent call for assistance from their colleague added a sense of urgency to the scene.
The gent in question was at least detained by police and possibly arrested though we can only guess on what charges at this time.