MIDWEST CITY — A man talked about “Illuminati” as he held a toddler at knife-point inside a Walmart and began a final countdown before a police officer fired the single head shot that killed him, police said Wednesday.
Midwest City Assistant Police Chief Sid Porter identified the officer who fired the shot as Capt. David Huff, commander of the department's investigations unit.
“He saved a little girl's life,” Porter said. “I told him, ‘It's a sad deal, but the 21/2-year-old girl is an innocent bystander who can't protect herself.'”
Porter said Huff, a 22-year police member, was able to get close to the suspect, Sammie Wallace, 37, and shoot quickly when the time came.
“Obviously you got to be able to react as quickly as you can if it starts to deteriorate rapidly,” Porter said. Wallace began a countdown that he said would end in the girl's death, and that's when Huff fired, the assistant chief said.
The incident unfolded Monday afternoon in the Walmart Market, 7250 E Reno Ave.
Police later searched Wallace's apartment, 2701 Turley Drive, and seized a notebook with religious writings and other papers.
An affidavit for the search warrant said Wallace talked about “Illuminati” as he held the girl.
“Illuminati is a satanic cult and through research, we learned that June 21 is their day of human sacrifice,” police Detective Matt Archer said in the affidavit.
It's not clear if Wallace's reference to the group had anything to do with the “Illuminati” featured in author Dan Brown's popular book “Angels and Demons” and the movie of the same name.
Wallace lived in the apartment since January 2013. The former Dallas resident first lived in an Oklahoma City homeless shelter on and off for 60 days in 2012.
Wallace had a history of arrests for violent crime in Dallas, police said.
Midwest City police said Tuesday they have not completed an initial offense report in the case. The name of the girl has not been released. She was not injured.
Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office, confirmed Wallace died of a single gunshot wound to the head.