CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A Walmart employee jumped in to restrain an armed man at a Cahokia Walmart Saturday when a fight brought out in the aisles.

The fight escalated to the point that one of the combatants pulled out a gun in front of dozens of shoppers at the store. 

"I started hearing people say the word gun," said employee Justin Smithey. "Then I stopped thinking and started acting."

Smithey went to the ground and tried to get the gun from the man by kicking his hands.

In a video posted to Facebook of the incident, a woman can be heard pleading with the young man on the ground to put the gun down. Others can be heard yelling about the fact there were children in the store. 

"If you own a gun or not, that's not my business, that's yours. I was more concerned with when I saw two kids," Smithey said. "I started to see all the kids and innocent people and I knew something had to be done."

In September 2019, Walmart requested all customers refrain from openly carrying guns in stores. The retailer did not change its policy on customers carrying concealed guns with permits.

Thankfully, Smithey got the gun out of the man's hands just before police arrived. 

The two men involved in the fight were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

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