FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Released by Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson:
Aug. 9, 2019
Walmart Gunman Charged with Making Terroristic Threats
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Dimitriy N. Andreychenko, 20 years old, of Springfield, Missouri, has been charged today with making a terrorist threat in the second degree for events which occurred yesterday, August 8, 2019, at the Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 3150 W. Republic St., Springfield, Missouri.
Mr. Patterson stated that, “Missouri protects the right of people to open carry a firearm, but that right does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner endangering other citizens. As Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously explained, ‘the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre causing a panic.’” Mr. Patterson also asks everyone who exercises their right to carry a weapon to do so in a responsible manner.
Mr. Patterson is thankful that no one was injured at the Walmart, and asks that you join with him in your thoughts and prayers for the Battlefield Police Officer and citizen who were injured in a vehicle collision as the officer responded to the Walmart.
A person commits the crime of making a terrorist threat in the second degree when he recklessly disregards the risk of causing the evacuation of any portion of a building and knowingly communicates an express or implied threat to cause an incident or condition involving danger to life or knowingly causes a false belief or fear that an incident has occurred or that a condition exists involving danger to life. See Section 574.120, RSMo. Making a terrorist threat in the second degree is a class E felony and is punishable by up to 4 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00
Subject: Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Press Release, State v. Andreychenko,
Mr. Patterson cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. The Defendant is currently in the Greene County Jail and being held on a $10,000 bond with a condition that he not possess any firearm.
Copies of the felony complaint and probable statement filed in this case are attached to this release. The Missouri Supreme Court ethics rules prohibit comments on the facts or investigation of this case beyond those contained in the felony complaint and probable cause statement that are part of the public record.
Rhonda Ogden, Office Manager – (417) 868-4061 1010 Boonville Springfield, MO 65802