2 men arrested after gun dropped during Butler County bar fight

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There are 11 municipal police departments in Butler County.

Four Oxford police officers responded to Skipper’s bar at 12:36 a.m. on April 24 on a report of a fight in which one of the participants dropped a firearm.

The bar manager said two men had refused to leave when the bar’s door crew tried to make them leave. The two men were still present in an upstairs office. The bar manager identified the first suspect as the one who had dropped the gun. That suspect immediately complied with the officer’s orders and volunteered that he didn’t have a gun on him.

The second suspect, however, seemed skittish and attempted to push past the officer to leave but the officer maintained a grip on him and took him to the ground outside the door. He was emitting a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, according to the report. He was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police cruiser but attempted to flee again before he could be placed inside. He made it only a short distance before being taken into custody.

The officer was taken to the office, where the firearm was secured, and given the Ruger EC9s with a full magazine of seven rounds and a 9mm round which had been removed from the chamber.

Two other employees involved in the altercation gave statements at the police station and two others appeared to also give statements.

The primary witness, who had been involved in the altercation, had not been on duty that night, but said two female employees had told him they were uncomfortable because of comments from the group the suspects were with, one of them saying the first suspect had grabbed her inappropriately. They were told to leave but made a commotion as they slowly moved toward the door, where they refused to leave and got physical with the door crew. That principal witness said the first suspect had told him he would “put him in a body bag.”

Two of the female witnesses then moved in on the scene and the first suspect allegedly swatted at her phone knocking it from her hand. It was then he allegedly reached into his waistband and started to pull out the gun but one of the door men grabbed his arm causing him to drop it.

Another of the female witnesses, a waitress/bartender, said the first suspect had spent approximately $1,000 cash that night and the group had been “catcalling” women while drinking.

The suspects were placed under arrest and taken to the police station for processing.

The first suspect was taken to the Butler County Jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated menacing, having weapons while under disability and using weapons while intoxicated. The second suspect was issued citations for offenses concerning underage persons and obstructing official business and released.

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