UPDATE: Argument Over Glove Sparks Browne's Addition Shooting
by Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ Local News Reporter - email
UPDATE: On Wednesday Justin Werle appeared in a Spokane county courtroom to face 1st
degree assault charges. Police say Werle shot Zach Bergstrom in the neck after a
Police say Bergstrom was shot in the neck but suffered non life
threatening injuries. He was treated and released from the hospital. According
to court documents Bergstrom was staying at the apartment complex on 2217 West
Pacific doing handyman work for the managers. Police say Bergstrom and Werle
knew each other.
say Werle and Bergstrom got in to an argument over a "single" work glove of
Werle's that had been missing. Werle allegedly confronted Bergstrom in his
vehicle and pulled out a gun. Court documents say Bergstrom said "What are you
going to do with that," then Werle shot him in the neck. Werle then took fled the
scene on foot.
At his first
court appearance Werle's mother brought her concerns to judge Triplet saying my
son was "diagnosed with bipolar" disorder and has some mental issues. She asked
for an evaluation to be done on her son at Eastern State Hospital. She declined
to talk with KHQ. The judge set Werle's bond at $500,000. He is
scheduled to enter a plea on May 7th.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: On 04-23-13 at 5:30pm Spokane Police received a call of a man who had been shot in the head at 2217 W Pacific. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had been shot in the head, behind the ear. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers determined the suspect and victim had been in a long-standing feud. The victim was shot during an argument in the parking lot. The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Justin Werle, fled the scene on foot. Officers quickly responded to the area and locked down the scene.
Werle made contact with his family over a cell phone. Based on Werle's contact with his family, Police were able to determine his location and quickly arrest him in an area close to the scene of the shooting. Werle was booked into jail for 1st Assault, other charges are pending.
Werle has been arrested numerous times for weapons and assault violations.
UPDATE from @patrickerickson: Shooting suspect identified as 28 year old Justin C. Werle. He is custody and currently being interviewed by detectives.
SPOKANE, Wash. - One person has been shot in Browne's addition and Spokane Police have an apartment complex surrounded as they search for the suspect.
It happened just before 6:00pm at the Pacific Terrace Apartments at Pacific and Hemlock. Police say the incident began as some sort of confrontation between a resident at the complex and someone laying carpet. The fight moved outside where the victim was shot in the head behind the ear. We are told he is walking and talking and his injuries are not life threatening.
The complex is surrounded right now as police think the suspect may still be inside, and he may still be armed.
KHQ has a crew on scene and we will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.
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