Florida Walmart evacuated after person climbed into ceiling

William L. Harrell Jr.
Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 11:13:57-05

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP/WPTV) — A Florida Walmart was evacuated Tuesday morning after a person was found inside the crawl space above its ceiling.

News outlets report the New Port Richey store was evacuated as Pasco County deputies worked to get the person out. A sheriff’s statement says the man, identified as William L. Harrell Jr., 47, appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

Deputies say they used a stun gun while getting the person out of the crawl space. It’s unclear if the person was shocked with the weapon.

The sheriff's office said Harrell Jr. was taken into custody for a Baker Act, as well as several pending charges relating to the incident. One of the charges includes aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Due to that charge, the sheriff's office said the body camera footage is muted to not identify the deputy in the case.

Body camera video shows deputies arrest man in Walmart ceiling in Pasco County, Florida

An investigation is ongoing.