Man arrested at Sunset Grocery makes first court appearance

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by JENICA VILLAMOR and KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

SPOKANE, Wash-- At Justin Werle's first court appearance Friday, police said they were seeking the 28-year-old for his alleged involvment in a shooting Thursday when he walked into Sunset Grocery.

According to the affidavit, the initial call was from Werle’s brother, reporting he accidentally fired his weapon. 

Police said they saw the suspect in the grocery store and found a sawed off shotgun in his possesion. They arrested Werle for attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree felon in possession of a firearm.

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Werle has nine previous felonies including riot with a deadly weapon and third degree assault according to officials.  Police said he was also arrested in April in Browne’s Addition for shooting a person in the head. That victim survived.

Still, it is unclear whether he planned Thursday to rob the store.

Sunset grocery was robbed twice during the ten days leading up to the incident.  Werle’s mother said her son was not involved. She said he’s friends with a Sunset Grocery employee.

The judge decided to hold Werle on a $35,000 bail.
 

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