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Eden Prairie police are investigating an incident involving a gun at a McDonald's on Monday night.

An arrest has been made in connection with the incident at an Eden Prairie McDonald's during which a man allegedly pulled a gun on several young people.

Around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, Eden Prairie police arrested Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, of Eden Prairie under probable cause for second-degree assault. Johnson is being held at the Hennepin County jail. Charges in the case will be up to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

The incident happened at 8:01 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, when officers responded to a call about disorderly conduct at the McDonald's at 598 Prairie Center Drive. The caller reported to dispatchers that a group of people was causing a disturbance and stated that one person displayed a gun before leaving the restaurant.

Upon arrival, Eden Prairie police officers found several young people inside the restaurant. Witnesses reported a verbal altercation between an adult man, later identified as Johnson, and an underage man. During the squabble, Johnson allegedly displayed a gun, then left, police said.

Police interviewed several witnesses and used video recordings of the incident to assist the investigation. A statement from the Police Department also referenced cooperation from the McDonald's and tips from the public as having been helpful.

In a statement, the owner of the McDonald's, Paul Ostergaard, said that nothing is more important than the safety and security of its customers and employees. 

"We take this matter seriously and are working with local law enforcement while we investigate this situation," he wrote.

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Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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