Walmart shooting suspect charged with three crimes

More details are being revealed as to why a Guthrie man began arguing with another man in the Walmart parking lot that led up to two people being shot.

Emergency crews responded to the store’s parking lot on April 30 regarding a shooting with two victims. The suspect was seen by witnesses driving off in a red flatbed pickup truck.

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Listen to the 911 calls.

A Guthrie police officer located and followed behind the truck on Division St., which eventually pulled into the back parking lot of the Guthrie Fire Department.

The driver and suspect, Arthur Lee Cloud, 61, was detained by police shortly after.

Also in the vehicle was Cloud’s 57-year-old wife, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

At Walmart, a 34-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder blade.

According to Cloud’s wife, who is recovering following emergency surgery, said in a probable cause affidavit that Cloud and her were going to the store to a cash a check. While driving in the parking lot looking for a parking spot, Cloud began arguing with the male because he was walking slowly in the parking lot and was in his way.

The report says Cloud began walking to the grocery side doors, approximately 35 feet from his vehicle, when he returned to the truck. At that time, the male victim is seen walking back in the parking lot away from Cloud, but appeared to be talking to Cloud.

Cloud’s wife said as Cloud began walking back to the truck, he requested the gun. From that moment, the wife says she is uncertain if she accidentally shot herself, or if Cloud had shot her.

Witnesses at the scene said they could hear Cloud yelling at the man telling him, “you made me shoot my wife.”

Investigators say the store’s surveillance cameras shows Cloud turning to the male victim and begins to shoot at him 10 to 15 feet away. The victim falls to the ground as Cloud continues toward him.

Cloud told officers as he was being searched, “he punched at me, so I shot him.” However, according to the court document, investigators said video surveillance does not show a punch or swing by the male victim.

A Taurus .38 Special revolver was recovered in Cloud’s truck. Police found three of the projectiles had been fired off, but two had not indicating that one round was a misfire (trigger was pulled but the bullet did not fire off from the weapon).

Cloud was charged with two felonies, including shooting with intent to kill and a felon in possession of a firearm. Cloud was also charged with a misdemeanor reckless conduct with a firearm.

In 2002, Cloud was found guilty of a felony motor vehicle theft in Denver County, Colorado.

If found guilty on the shooting with intent to kill charge, Cloud faces up to life in prison. He was given a $500,000 bail amount and is required not to leave the state and must surrender his passport.

According to online records, Cloud remains sitting in the Logan County Detention Center.


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