Man Sentenced In Flare Gun Attack At U.P. Walmart

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IRON MOUNTAIN (AP) – A 28-year-old Upper Peninsula man accused of firing a flare gun at employees inside a Walmart in Iron Mountain has been sentenced to one year in prison.

Andrew Olson of Iron Mountain also was ordered to serve one year of probation. Olson last month pleaded no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon and discharge of a weapon in or at a building.

Authorities say on Sept. 19 Olson pointed the flare gun at three employees inside a stock room before fleeing through an emergency door. Olson fired the weapon, nearly missing a manager who followed him outside.

The Daily News of Iron Mountain says Olson apologized and wrote a statement to the victims, who did not attend the sentencing. Olson said he doesn’t remember the incident.

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