Charleston police arrested a St. George man after they reportedly found him with a loaded gun inside a Market Street bar during a New Year’s Day argument.
Alton Edward Schipmann, 26, of Sugar Hill Road in St. George in charged with public disorderly conduct and unlawful carrying of a firearm in a bar, police said.
A manager at Wild Wing Cafe, 36 N. Market St., flagged down officers at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday asking for help in removing a man who was arguing with another customer and staff, according to a police report.
The argument was beginning to turn physical when police stepped inside. They then detained Schipmann after a brief struggle, a report stated. Police noted that Schipmann strongly smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred his speech.
When police asked if had anything on him, Schipmann replied: “Yes, I have a gun but it’s okay because I have a concealed weapons permit,” according to a police report.
Police found a black Ruger .380 caliber pistol in his pants pocket, a report stated. Police said the gun had a full magazine and one round in the chamber.
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