Beaverton K-9 team locates suspect's BB gun in nearby bushes
A 33-year-old transient was arrested last week after he flashed a gun at an off-duty FBI agent outside a Beaverton 7-Eleven store.
Beaverton police officers were dispatched just after 5:45 p.m. Thursday to the convenience store at 6000 S.W. Hall Blvd., on a report of a suspicious person with a gun.
An FBI agent told police he had stopped by the store on his way home. The agent was walking from the parking lot to the store when he noticed a man, later identified as Jonathan Lemarroy, involved in what he believed to be a possible drug deal, said Officer Pam Yazzolino, Beaverton police spokeswoman.
"As the agent reached the store front, Lemarroy looked at him, pulled up his shirt, exposing the brown, wood handle of a handgun in his waistband, and said, 'Hey, you got a problem?' ' Yazzolino said.
The agent told police it felt as though the man wanted a confrontation at that moment, she added. 'However, (the agent) remained calm and pulled his own jacket away from his body, exposing a badge and gun, and replied, 'I've got one, too.' '
As the agent called 9-1-1, the suspect walked away from the area. Police found him a short distance away inside Allen Coin Laundry, east of the 7-Eleven.
When officers asked Lemarroy about the incident at 7-Eleven, he reportedly told police he never had a gun.
Officer Anthony Bastinelli and his K-9 partner Kahz responded to the scene to search for the weapon. Kahz located a BB gun in nearby bushes.
When police questioned the suspect about the BB gun, Lemarroy reportedly said the incident had been 'a misunderstanding,' and he would never have shown the agent the gun if he knew he was a law enforcement officer, Yazzolino said.
At the time of his arrest, Lemarroy was also carrying a sheathed dagger known as a dirk.
Lemarroy apologized to the agent as he was arrested for menacing, second-degree disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.