Robert Tucker

A Baton Rouge man involved in a gun-related altercation in a 2019 at the Walmart on Burbank Drive that drew a heavy police presence has been convicted on several federal firearm charges, U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin said Thursday.

Robert Earl Tucker Jr., 45, was found guilty Wednesday on three counts of making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer, and one count each of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition by a person adjudicated as mentally defective.

Tucker was arrested and another man was cited after the August 2019 Walmart altercation that caused panic inside the store and prompted law enforcement to swarm the area after initial reports of a possible active shooter situation. Those reports were later debunked.

Tucker was detained and searched, and a loaded firearm was discovered, Fremin said. 

The incident occurred around the same time of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. The one in El Paso happened at a Walmart.

Then, in June of this year, Tucker was found with 41 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 38 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, Fremin stated.

Tucker faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Chief U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick has not scheduled a sentencing date.

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