MALABAR, Fla. (CBS12) — A man was arrested after allegedly waving a gun around at bar patrons and holding the weapon to someone's head over the weekend.
One person tried stepping in, and 43-year-old Jose Maldonado allegedly pistol-whipped him before Brevard County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) deputies could arrive and make an arrest this past weekend. The weapon looked to be a real handgun, officials said, but upon inspection, it was revealed to be a Byrna Gun, a CO2-powered weapon that fires chemical irritants like pepper spray.
"One day he will pull that crap on someone who brought a real gun to a gunfight and things won’t go so well for him," the BCSO said.
When arresting deputies arrived to the bar, Maldonado was quickly arrested and charged with battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The 43-year-old suspect caused the victim to bleed from his head, the affidavit said. Maldonado's arraignment hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.