SPOKANE, Wash-- Police arrested a known felon Thursday when he entered the Sunset Grocery on West Sunset Boulevard with a sawed off shotgun.
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Police arrested 28-year-old Justin Werle after receiving a report of a person with a handgun according to officials.
Police said they identified Werle as matching the description, walking with his hands in his pocket. They stopped Werle at the checkout counter according to officials. Officers reportedly discovered a sawed-off shotgun under Werle’s coat.
Werle was arrested and booked into jail on charges of Attempted First Degree Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
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After Werle was arrested and in a patrol car, he became extremely combative, hitting his head and legs against the car doors and windows, police said. Officers were able to safely place Werle in leg restraints in order to keep him from injuring himself.
The arrest occurred five days after a robbery at the same convenience store. The suspect in that robbery had still not been caught, according to police.
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Major Crimes Detectives launched an investigation to determine if there was any connection between Werle and other robberies at the Sunset Grocery.