Police: Man has gun in bar

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By David Giuliani

Guns aren’t allowed in bars, but that didn’t stop a Las Vegas man last Friday, city police said.

When police got a call about a disturbance at Joe’s Ringside, an officer dealing with an unruly crowd heard someone pulling the slide back on a gun, according to court documents filed in Magistrate Court.

The officer turned around and identified the sound as coming from Walter Maes, 20, 1003 Tecolote, documents state. Maes then started walking way, with his hands concealed, officers said.

Officers followed; one pointed his weapon at Maes. Maes then threw an object 45 feet from where he was, police said.

After that, officers took Maes to the ground. But he allegedly continued to resist by not revealing his hands. An officer used pepper spray “to persuade Mr. Maes to comply,” a report states

The officers then retrieved the object that Maes had thrown, which was a Glock 33 handgun, documents state.

Police said Maes had gotten into a confrontation with another man as they were walking out of the bar. While at the front door, Maes pulled the handgun from his waistline area, put the slide back and pointed it at the other man, police said.

In a police report, Maes states that he had a gun and that when another man had “blindsided” him, Maes cocked his weapon. Maes faces charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony, unlawful carrying of a gun in a bar and tampering with evidence.