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Florida man allegedly waved around CO2-powered gun in bar, held it to victim's head


Jose Maldonado, 43, was arrested over the weekend. He is accused of waving a gun around at bar patrons and threatening employees. (BCSO)
Jose Maldonado, 43, was arrested over the weekend. He is accused of waving a gun around at bar patrons and threatening employees. (BCSO)
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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.

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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.

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