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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 16:01

Man Arrested After Waving BB Gun at Store

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Man Arrested After Waving BB Gun at Store

MODESTO - Police say a man who refused to come out of a convenience store after waving a pistol was armed with a bb gun.

The incident began at about 3:30pm Monday afternoon at the A&M Gas Mini Mart near Maze Boulevard and North Martin Luther King Drive. Police responded to a report of a man sitting outside a nearby market waving a gun. Officers responded and made contact with the man, who was uncooperative.

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Officers used a taser, but it was not effective. The suspect ran into the business which was still occupied by customers. The store was evacuated as police surrounded the building and called in their negotiators and SWAT teams.

Area roadways were closed off to traffic as crowds of spectators gathered nearby. Police entered the building at about 5:30pm. The suspect surrendered moments later.

Authorities identified the suspect as 35 year old Shawn Mercer, who had prior warrants for his arrest. He also faces additional charges, including resisting arrest, possession fo ammunition and possession of methamphetamine.

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