A Tyler man has been indicted for allegedly pulling out a gun and threatening an employee during an argument at a Tyler Walmart in September.

Trumaine Washington, 33, was indicted on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge by a Smith County grand jury Oct. 31.

Tyler police were called to the Walmart at Loop 323 and Front Street in Tyler on Sept. 2 after receiving reports that a man was threatening to shoot people.

Washington had gotten into an argument with an employee inside the store, according to police. When the employee went to get a manager, Washington took a handgun from his backpack, placed a loaded magazine in the gun and racked the chamber, according to the Tyler Police Department.

Police said Washington then began yelling that he was going to shoot and start killing people.

He is currently in Smith County Jail with a $500,000 bond, according to the indictment.


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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