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Police: Man arrested for Dollar General gun threat

Police found him in store’s parking lot

Shawn A. Tompkins
Shawn A. Tompkins

ROCK FALLS – A Rock Falls man was in jail Tuesday after he threatened a Dollar General employee with a gun Monday night, police said.

Police responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. saying that an employee at the Rock Falls store, 1002 First Ave., had been threatened by a man who said he had a gun.

When police arrived, the employee described the man and said that he had just left the store.

“During a heated discussion, he said that he had a gun and that he could kill him,” Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper said.

Kuelper didn’t know what the fight was about.

A man in the store’s parking lot matched the description the employee provided.

That man was Shawn A. Tompkins, 31, and when officers patted him down, Kuelper said they found a loaded .22-caliber revolver in his jacket pocket.

Tompkins was arrested on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon, possession of a firearm without a Firearm Owner Identification card, possession of ammunition without a FOID card, and disorderly conduct.

He has a 2008 conviction in Whiteside County for aggravated battery of a pregnant person, and is going through the court system for a 2012 charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

Tompkins was in the Whiteside County Jail on Tuesday on $150,000 bond, and is next expected in court Feb. 13.

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