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Police: Man enters local bar with handgun; no shots fired
Gary Steven Wadell - photo by Special

    A disgruntled patron, incensed after being ejected from a university-area bar, returned after closing time with a hand gun, police said.
    No shots were fired, and no one was injured, said Statesboro Police Capt. Scott Brunson.
    Gary Steven Wadell, 48, Pinemount Boulevard, apparently had too much to drink and began causing problems, said Dos Primos assistant bar manager Harvey Huffstatler.  "He was belligerently drunk, and I made the call to have the man leave."
    Wadell argued when asked to leave, and once outside, started a fight in the parking lot, he said. Huffstatler called his bouncers to guard the door so Wadell would not return.
    But later, around 2 a.m., Wadell did return, after the bar closed. There were still a few patrons inside, as well as employees, when Wadell stormed in carrying a handgun.
    He was spoiling for a fight, but "he barely made it in the door," he said.
    Brunson said the altercation was brief, and bouncers disarmed Wadell before holding him down to await police arrival.
    Huffstatler said Wadell "had draw a gun and pointed it at the bouncer he had tried to fight earlier. He intended to harm somebody."
    But Wadell was no match for the Dos Primos staff. "We took him down, four of us," he said. "We held him down and called police."
    Statesboro Police took Wadell into custody without incident and charged him with carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a pistol without a license, carrying a weapon inside a school safety zone,  and public intoxication, according to arrest reports.
    He was taken to  the Bulloch County Jail where he was later released on a $12,000 bond, according to jail records.

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