Deputy arrests felon with gun in convenience store

Pills, meth and cash found, too

A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a felon with a gun tucked in his waist band at the 7-Eleven store on the Olympic Highway in Central Park on Sunday and the discovery of a large number of suspected prescription pills.

A deputy was dispatched to the store when a citizen reported seeing a man park across two parking spaces in front of the store, arm himself with a gun and enter the store. A deputy arrived and saw a male matching the suspect’s description inside the store.

The deputy did not see a gun in the suspect’s hand, according to Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Brad Johansson, but detained him to investigate further. When the man was asked if he was armed, he admitted that he had a pistol in his waist band, Johansson said. The deputy recovered a loaded 9mm pistol from his waistband.

The deputy learned the suspect had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest and was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. The suspect was arrested and searched and the deputy found a large amount of suspected prescription pills, suspected methamphetamine and a large amount of cash, Johansson said.

The suspect was booked into the Grays Harbor CountyJail for unlawful possession of a firearm and drug charges. The undersheriff said the Sheriff’s Office is “thankful to the citizen that alerted us to this situation and that no one was hurt in what was a very dangerous situation for the deputy and the public.”