Man pulls gun on attacker at Walmart

Cary Ashby • Nov 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

An allegation of an affair led to one man pulling his concealed gun on another man who had punched him in the nose.

Norwalk police officers were dispatched for two men fighting in front of Walmart at 2:14 p.m. Monday, according to the police report. Dispatchers received several 9-1-1 calls about one of the men having a gun.

"They were both going there to shop," Chief Dave Light said.

A dispatcher, when notifying police about the altercation, was heard saying there was talk of one man accusing the gunman of sleeping with his wife. Light confirmed that and said the incident started when Eric D. Meade, 37, punched Zachary Crumrine, 29, in the nose as Crumrine was leaving Walmart.

Crumrine was standing beside a shopping cart when officers arrived at the Westwind Drive store.

"He had a bloody nose. He started talking to the officers about what happened," Light said.

"He was exiting the store with his shopping cart," the chief said. "As he exited the store, he had his hands on the cart. He was approached by Eric Meade."

Meade then accused Crumrine of sleeping with his wife.

"Then Meade punched him in the face," Light said.

The incident continued with Meade reportedly continuing to attack Crumrine, who pulled out his loaded Kimber handgun, Light said. Several witnesses reported seeing the man pull out the gun.

"He has a CCW permit. ... It was .40 semi-automatic," Light said. "It was loaded, but no round was in the chamber itself."

Light said Crumrine pulled out the gun "to prevent Meade from attacking him any more."

Police arrested Meade, who also remained at Walmart, without incident and transported him to the Huron County Jail.

For their safety, officers seized the gun from Crumrine. Light said police returned the firearm Tuesday morning.

Crumrine won't be charged with a crime. Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel reviewed the case.

"He did not break any law. By pulling the gun, he did exactly what the concealed carry law is for -- defending yourself," Light said. "We reviewed the (Walmart) video and that's consistent with what Crumrine said.

"I don't know if this guy (Meade) would have stopped hitting him if he hadn't pulled the gun on him," the chief added.

Meade, 37, of 49 Welton Ave., is charged with assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Norwalk Municipal Court and has a trial scheduled for Dec. 4. If convicted, Meade faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 maximum fine.

Meade was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond Monday.

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