DE SOTO, Mo. - A 24-year-old was arrested early Sunday morning after getting into a fight a bar and retrieving a firearm to allegedly confront folks at that establishment, the De Soto Police Department said.
According to Capt. Dan Contarini, a police spokesman, the incident occurred Sunday morning around 1:25 a.m. at Fat Boy's Bar.
An officer was flagged down by two men, who reported seeing a man dressed in "military style fatigues" running along East Main Street carrying a weapon of some kind. Additional officers were called to help look for the man around the Union Pacific rail yard.
Contarini said officers found the man lying between two train cars and ordered him to surrender. The man got to his feet, pulled a hand gun from his waistband, and ran off.
The man was told he was under arrest and repeatedly ordered to surrender, but did not stop running. A K9 officer deployed his service dog against the suspect. The dog took the suspect down and held him until officers got nearby. The suspect continued to resist the officers and the police dog, but was ultimately taken into custody.
Police determined the man threw his gun—a silver Taurus .44 magnum pistol—into the woods prior to his arrest, Contarini said. The gun was loaded at the time and the suspect was carrying several rounds of ammunition on him.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the man got into a fight or altercation at the bar, went back to his home to get the gun, and was on his way back to the bar.
The suspect was booked and posted bond on an outstanding traffic warrant from Maries County; he was then released. Contarini said authorities are looking to file charges against the suspect for unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest, and first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer.