TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A murder suspect broke through a police perimeter during last week's standoff...and then went to Walmart.
Terre Haute Police had the 1st Avenue home of Mikey Reynolds surrounded.
They say Reynolds murdered his ex-girlfriend and shot another man.
During the standoff, police believe Reynolds escaped from his home and went to another on 4th Avenue.
Police believe Reynolds left the house through a basement window next to a privacy fence and out of police view.
Police Chief John Plasse offered no excuses.
Now, police have confirmed Reynolds made a stop at Walmart on the south side of Terre Haute.
It happened around 3:30 a.m.
They say he bought "general items."
Detectives received a tip about this shopping trip, and Plasse said that's when they sent this information on to the Indiana State Police.
"I'm thankful no one else got killed," Plasse said. "He could have very easily killed someone else. I'm upset that he got out of that perimeter, absolutely. But I'm more thankful that something else bad didn't happen."
What did happen is Reynolds returned to the 4th Avenue home, where he lost his life after allegedly threatening state police SWAT shortly after noon on Tuesday.
Plasse described Reynolds returning to the area as puzzling, but again, he was thankful that he did.
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