IRON MOUNTAIN - An Iron Mountain man accused of firing a flare gun at Iron Mountain Wal-Mart on Sept. 19 has been bound over to Dickinson County Circuit Court.
Andrew Lon Olson, 27, has been charged with four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault); one count of weapons, firearms discharge in or at a building; weapons felony firearm; and weapons firearm possession under the influence.
He is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1.
The probable cause statement filed with Dickinson County District Court said Olson "walked into an employee stock room at Wal-Mart and confronted two employees. He pointed a flare gun at both employees and repeated that he wanted 'out of here' (the store)."
"When a third employee entered the stock room, the defendant pointed the gun right at her face and said, 'Get back.' The defendant then fled the building through an emergency door and ran towards the woods behind Wal-Mart," the probable cause statement said.
"A fourth employee and store manager followed the defendant outside to try and get a better look at him," the statement said. "The defendant pointed the gun in the manager's direction and fired it. The flare hit the back of the building, approximately one foot above the manager's head," the statement said.
"Most of the witnesses described the defendant as being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs," the statement said.
The incident was reported to Iron Mountain Police Department officers at 4:26 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.
After a short foot pursuit, police officers took the suspect into custody without incident.
The Iron Mountain Police Department was assisted by officers from the Kingsford Public Safety Department, the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department and the Veterans Administration Police Department.