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Alcoa spokesperson says false report led to heavy police presence at a Walmart

A spokesperson said that a false report led to speculation online about why there was a heavy police presence at an Alcoa Walmart.

ALCOA, Tenn. — Social media swirled with rumors after a heavy police presence at an Alcoa Walmart.

The Alcoa Police Department and the Blount County Sheriff's Office said they responded to an "incident" Tuesday afternoon. They said later that authorities were responding to a call claiming employees were being held at gunpoint in the store.

They later said it was a false report and that there was no actual incident.

Several deputies and police officers responded to the report, with many cruisers filling the Walmart parking lot. A spokesperson said they cleared the store before allowing shoppers back in.

They said anyone with information about the false report should call APD at 865-981-4111.

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