Police May Have Prevented Shooting With Tip From Citizen, Reports Say

Police Reportedly Prevented Shooting With Tip From Citizen

Police Reportedly STOP Potential Shooting Plot After Critical Tip

(USNewsBreak.com) – During a press conference on July 6, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith announced a concerned citizen may have helped prevent a mass shooting on July 4. Chief Smith explained the tipster alerted officers to a potential plot for an attack at Dogwood Dell during the Independence Day celebration. Officers acted quickly to arrest the two men behind the alleged plan.

The tip prompted police to check out the Columbia Street home of Julio Alvarado-Dubon and Rolman A. Balacarcel. When they arrived, they found firearms and ammunition.

Officials took Alvarado-Dubon into custody and seized the evidence on July 1. They did not arrest Balacarcel at that time but kept him under surveillance until they secured a warrant to pick him up on July 5.

The men were in violation of firearms laws given they came from Guatemala, and non-citizens aren’t allowed to own guns. Authorities are holding both men on gun possession charges.

Chief Smith called the operation a success and praised the tipster for likely stopping a mass shooting and saving lives. The Virginia Governor also had a grateful message for the concerned citizen, taking to Twitter to call the person a hero.

He told residents that they should contact authorities if they see or hear anything problematic.

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