Englewood man arrested after displaying gun inside beach bar

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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:03 am

ENGLEWOOD, FL- An Englewood man was arrested Monday after patrons at a beach business reported the man had displayed a firearm inside a bar over the weekend.

Deputies were called to Calico Jack’s, located at 1950 Beach Road in Englewood, shortly after 1:00 am on Saturday after patrons reported that a man had been inside the bar displaying a handgun and actually pointing it at someone. 

Deputies located 53-year-old Rock Lavoie walking along Beach Road.  Lavoie appeared to match the description of the man from Calico Jack’s and, due to the possibility of a firearm being present, was ordered to the ground several times.  Deputies located a load .45 caliber handgun in his fanny pack.  The firearm was taken as evidence in the case.

Witnesses at the bar reported seeing Lavoie pull the handgun out and put it on the bar.  The witnesses notified management personnel at Calico Jack’s and they called the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives reviewed the case and watched the video from the bar, which allegedly showed Lavoie pull out the firearm and point it at a man, who took the gun away from him and put it on the bar.  It appeared that other patrons gathered and Lavoie left the business.

During the investigation detectives found that Lavoie had a concealed weapons permit, but one of the provisions of such a permit prohibits permit-holders to carry a concealed weapon into an “establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption” (FSS 790.06 12a).

Lavoie was charged with Carrying a Concealed Firearm with a License in Specific Prohibited Locations, Improper Exhibition of a Firearm and Disorderly Conduct at a Public Food Establishment.  He is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a $6,000 bond.

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