A suspect who allegedly walked into Shawnee’s Red Rock Behavioral Health Services in downtown Shawnee and pointed a loaded firearm at a receptionist has pleaded guilty to feloniously pointing a firearm and been sentenced to serve four years in prison, court records show.
No injuries were reported in the incident that occurred on Jan. 18.
Joshua D. Werner, 26, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court with the single felony count.
He was arrested by Shawnee police after he allegedly walked into the facility at 101 N. Union with a stolen, fully-loaded revolver and 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 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.
Werner reportedly pointed the revolver at the ceiling a few times, but he was taken into custody without incident or any injuries, she said.
She said Werner had been to that facility before because of a separate court case. According to Pottawatomie County District Court records, Werner was charged in August 2017 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 the Jan. 18 incident occurred. At that time, he was awaiting a competency review.
After charges were filed in the Red Rock incident, that case proceeded through court, with a competency evaluation and hearing showing he was competent to stand trial.
Ahead of the upcoming jury term, Werner pleaded guilty in the case, court records show.
He was sentenced to serve four years with the Department of Corrections, and will receive credit for time served in jail since January. The sentence runs concurrently with attempted robbery case, for which he also pleaded guilty and received a four-year prison term.
Werner remains jailed in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center while awaiting transfer to DOC.