PIQUA — A Piqua man is in custody following an incident at a McDonald’s involving a BB gun on Tuesday.
Piqua police received a report at 8:44 a.m. of shots fired by a subject with a handgun at the McDonald’s restaurant at 987 East Ash Street.
Management at the restaurant responded immediately by locking down the establishment as they notified 911.
Chief Bruce Jamison of the Piqua Police Department said that the suspect fired shots “either into the air or at the building (McDonald’s) but no evidence or damage was found.
Witnesses were able to provide accurate information on the suspect which led to his arrest in the Shawnee area within an hour of the incident.
The “weapon” involved was determined to be black “Beretta”-looking BB gun. Witnesses at the scene determined that it was a BB gun used in the incident but all agreed that it was very realistic-looking and only made the distinction that it was not a real handgun after the situation was contained.
The suspect has been identified as Christian Alexis Wilkinson, 19, of 324 Blaine Ave. in Piqua. Wilkinson is in the Miami County Jail facing charges of Inducing Panic and Discharging a Firearm in the City. Jamison said that in the City of Piqua, a BB gun meets the definition of “firearm.”
A 16-year-old female passenger in Wilkinson’s vehicle has not been charged.
Benny Scott, Jr., owner of the McDonald’s said,” We are very proud of our manager, Patti Saylor, for her mature actions. Her first concern was for our employees and guests, and we applaud her for thinking so quickly on her feet. Of course we are extremely grateful the incident wasn’t life-threatening, however it’s comforting to know our employees know how to react in an emergency situation.”
Jamison added, “This was a good example of citizens and police working together to keep the community safe.”
Reach Mike Ullery at (937) 451-3335.