A suspect who allegedly walked into Shawnee's Red Rock Behavioral Health Services and pointed a loaded firearm at a receptionist is now formally charged with feloniously pointing a firearm.
A suspect who allegedly walked into Shawnee’s Red Rock Behavioral Health Services and pointed a loaded firearm at a receptionist is now formally charged with feloniously pointing a firearm.
No injuries were reported in the incident reported on Jan. 18.
Joshua D. Werner, 26, is now charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with the single felony count. He remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on a $20,000 bond.
He was arrested by Shawnee police after he allegedly walked into the facility at 101 N. Union with a stolen, fully-loaded revolver and then allegedly pointed it at the woman at the front desk before telling her to call police, said Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford.
Shawnee officers responded to the scene, she said, and treated the situation like those they train for in active shooter situations, all in an effort to prevent something else from happening at that scene.
Through those efforts, Werner reportedly pointed the revolver at the ceiling a few times, but he was ultimately taken into custody without incident or any injuries, she said.
Lozano-Stafford said Werner had been to the facility before; it appears that related to a separate court case.
According to Pottawatomie County District Court records, Werner was charged back in August with the felony of attempted robbery by force or fear, second degree, and was out of jail on a $5,000 bond in that case when this Jan. 18 incident occurred.
Court records show that August case is pending adjudication, but he was scheduled earlier this month for a competency review to be completed and the follow-up court date set in that matter is scheduled Friday.
Werner's next court date in the pointing of the firearm charge hasn't yet been scheduled.