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Police: Man climbs roof of Salisbury store wearing kilt, armed with gun, hatchet

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Multiple weapons were seized from a man after he climbed onto the roof of a Salisbury store Thursday morning, police said.  

Earlier, he had threatened to shoot people, according to the report.

According to Salisbury Police, officers received a call around 3:16 a.m. of a man wearing a kilt who was climbing onto an awning in the 100 block of East Innes in downtown Salisbury. 

Police, who identified the man as 43-year-old Brian Timothy Allen, said he then climbed onto the roof of a building that houses a nail salon and vacuum cleaner store.

“That would have been a disaster, especially if he had had in his mind what he was talking about doing, it would have been disastrous," said Wayne Burkhart who operates the Rainbow Vacuum business. “I’m glad I didn’t run into him…I’m loaded and ready.”

An officer who was on the roof says Allen was "rolling around" near the AC unit. 

Allen was armed with several knives, a tactical vest, a Walther handgun and a tactical hatchet. 

“He had a knife hanging from a necklace, Kevlar rope wrapped around his wrist and a tan, army style baseball hat.  In total he had three knives, smaller knives, he also had a hatchet in his back and he had a gun in a shoulder holster," said Captain Melonie Thompson of the Salisbury Police Department.

The fire department used a bucket truck to bring Allen down from the roof. 

Allen's wrist was bleeding.  He told police he had cut it while he was climbing onto a railing to get on the roof.

“We take every gun call with the utmost seriousness.  I don’t care what it is, until we see that there is no perceived threat we take it very serious," Thompson said.

Police said that once they encountered Allen he was cooperative.

“He was very cooperative the whole time he was with us, he was very pleasant and spoke to us in a low tone," Thompson added.

Earlier, Allen was at Nashville Nights, where he allegedly said he was going to get a gun and "was going to shoot anyone who said anything to him."

The club's security guard told WBTV that on Wednesday night something was very different about Allen, who is a regular customer.

“It’s hard to say.  He had a different look in his eye, he was talking crazy, acting crazy, definitely out of the ordinary," the club's security guard said.  "He was growling like an animal, like a lion, a wolf, I mean…loud.”

“Right when he left he said that he was going to leave, go to his car, put his gun on his side, walk to Walmart and kill somebody…he gave me permission to testify that he was going to kill somebody tonight.," the guard, who did not want to be identified by name, said.

“He did tell me that whoever talked to him, he would shoot. He said that the next person that was to talk to him or look at him wrong he was going to shoot." 

"As soon as he left I called the police," the guard added. “I’m glad that I did call and took it serious because he was serious when he told me.”

Allen received a citation for carrying a concealed weapon after consuming alcohol, and could face more charges.

“If we do have those people come forward we can come back and charge him, that is an option," Captain Thompson added.

There were no injuries reported in this incident.

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