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Police: Walmart thief dropped loaded gun, tripped during handcuffed escape

RAIN SMITH, Kingsport Times News • Jan 19, 2018 at 1:35 PM

KINGSPORT — An accused shoplifter brought attention to himself by dropping a loaded revolver inside of Walmart on Thursday, then resisted police and tried to run away in handcuffs, police said.

Aaron L. Morelock, 34, tripped and was taken into custody, while a cache of various drugs was found in his possession, according to records at the Kingsport Police Department. Police were called to the West Stone Drive store shortly before midnight.

A manager told police Morelock was stuffing merchandise into his pockets and waistband, and an employee saw a gun drop from Morelock onto the floor. Police found Morelock in the electronics section, and he denied having any weapons.

A subsequent frisk located not only a fully loaded .22-caliber revolver, according to police, but also metal knuckles and a pocket knife. When questioned, Morelock admitted to not having a gun carry permit.

More on Morelock’s charges from the Kingsport Times News.

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