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.