UPDATE: Out-of-state gunman released over gun call

A sheriff's deputy detains a man outside a Walmart near Kelly Johnson Parkway and Newhall Ranch Road on Dec. 12, 2017. Austin Dave/The Signal
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Local sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of a man armed with a gun at the Walmart in Valencia found a gun, detained a man but quickly released the suspect when they also found his permit to carry a gun.

The whole incident began shortly after 2 p.m. when deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station received reports of a man seen with a gun at the store on Kelly Johnson Parkway.

“A man was detained,” Sgt. Chris Maurizi told The Signal at 2:30 p.m., confirming deputies had been dispatched to the store’s parking lot for reports of a man with a gun.

“He had a valid permit for the gun,” Lt. Churck Becerra of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said. “He was from out of state and didn’t know our gun laws.”

The man was eventually released.

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