Imperial Valley Press

Worker, off-duty deputy wrestle AR-15 from angry bar patron

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Authoritie­s say a man who got in a fight at a Southern California bar and later returned with a rifle was disarmed by an employee and an off-duty sheriff’s deputy. Police say the suspect had been drinking on Saturday when he got into an altercatio­n at the establishm­ent in downtown Redlands.

Officials say the man left and went home to retrieve an AR-15 and a loaded 30-round magazine. Police say he threatened three people in the parking lot and then tried to re-enter the bar wielding the gun. That’s when, officials say, a bar worker and an off-duty deputy wrestled the rifle away and held him for officers. Police say the pair likely prevented a tragedy.

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