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Suspect Pulls Handgun on Convenience Store Employee after Shoplifting

A man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion he shoplifted from a 7-Eleven convenience store and threatened employees with a gun.

Police say Trowsdell James walked into the 7-Eleven on East 30th Avenue and started to walk out without paying. When employees confronted him, James pulled out a “black handgun” and threatened to shoot the employee, according to a Spokane Police Department statement.

Patrol officers responded and began to track James with a K9 and a drone. Citizens provided updates to officers in the area as they saw James pass. The K9 found James on 29th Avenue.

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James was cooperative and taken into custody and charged with first degree robbery. He did not have a gun in his possession when arrested. James has no local criminal history but has a history in California, said Sgt. Terry Preuninger.

The investigation is ongoing and individuals with information who haven’t spoken to police can call Crime Check at 509.456.2233…  The Spokesman Review

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