|Tyrel Lee Campbell (mug shot SCSO)|
A twenty nine year-old man from Ozark who carried a concealed weapon and a backpack filled with 550 rounds of ammunition for that gun into the Branson West Wal-Mart crowded with Black Friday shoppers has been charged with two felonies.
Stone County Prosecutor Matt Selby has charged Tyrel Lee Campbell with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a concealed weapon.
According to the probable cause statement, a woman called 911 to report that Campbell had threatened her with a gun and had left the residence and was headed for Wal-Mart.
Branson West police chief Doug Rader says he had officers working security at the store who spotted Campbell near the Lawn and Garden section in a crowd of shoppers.
Officer Vincent Collins writes in court documents, "We approached the male the male from behind. I then quickly ordered the male away from Wal-Mart customers. As we enter an aisle the male began reaching for the inside of his coat pocket with his right hand. I then ordered the male not to reach for anything in his pocket and grabbed his right hand. I then asked Campbell where the gun was located and he replied, in my front pocket."
Officers say he told them he felt people were watching him and the customers at Wal-Mart were “were out to get him.”
In addition to the loaded gun and ammo officers recovered two knives, a white powdery substance believed to be meth and anti-government literature in the backpack.
According to online court records, Campbell was charged with possession of unloaded firearm and DWI in March of 2009. He pleaded guilty to those charges in January of 2010 and was placed on probation.
Selby says he won't speculate as to what Campbell's intentions were, "All I can say is that using meth, carrying a concealed weapon and ammunition is obviously not a good combination."
Campbell is being held in the Stone County jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.