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Bodycam footage shows aftermath of Fairfield Township Walmart shooting, alleged shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Jun 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 17:27:09-04

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Body camera footage released by the Fairfield Township Police Department shows the aftermath of a deadly shooting inside a Walmart. Police said Anthony Brown opened fire after trying to shoplift, killing one person and critically injuring another.

Officers arrived at the Walmart on Princeton Road at around 8 p.m. May 26 following reports of a shooting inside the store. Inside, they found two victims being helped by bystanders and other first responders.

One of the victims was a Walmart greeter, who survived. The other, Adam Black, died inside the store. His family said he was a former security guard who died trying to help others in need.

Though police learned the suspect fled the scene, one customer was able to take down the make and model of his car, along with a license plate number. Brown was later found at a Middletown motel.

Brown entered two not guilty pleas by reason of insanity Friday to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated murder. His bond was initially set at $5 million, an amount Bennett said was too high to be constitutional. On Friday, Bennett requested Brown's bond be lowered and the magistrate set it at $900,000.

"I met with my client," said Clyde Bennett, Brown's attorney. "He's not lucid. He's not totally normal mentally and he cannot assist me in what transpired. So I want him to be evaluated with respect to competency. The not guilty by reason of insanity triggers that evaluation."

Officials said Brown was out on bond at the time of the shooting. He also faces charges of having weapons under disability. He pleaded not guilty to that charge on Friday as well.