Man with gun among three arrested at Studio 4 in Ann Arbor, police say
Three people were arrested at Studio 4 this morning, including an Ypsilanti man who pulled out a loaded handgun after shoving the bar's manager on the ground outside, Ann Arbor police said.
At one point, officers used pepper spray to disperse an unruly crowd inside the club on South Fourth Avenue, said Detective Lt. Mark St. Amour.
In addition to the 26-year-old gunman, police arrested a 25-year-old Detroit man accused of picking up the gun from the ground and starting to walk away, and arrested a woman who was involved in a separate fight inside the club, police said.
The three may be arraigned on criminal charges at the Washtenaw County Jail as early as this afternoon.
The trouble began about 12:30 a.m., police said, when the Ypsilanti man was kicked out of the club for fighting. Two uniformed officers in an unmarked police vehicle saw a man, later identified as the bar's manager, get shoved to the ground in front of the club, St. Amour said.
Police say after the Ypsilanti man shoved the manager, he reached into his waistband and pulled out a handgun. Someone yelled he had a gun, St. Amour said. The man did not point it at anyone, St. Amour said.
The officers, who had their guns drawn, ordered the man to drop the weapon, St. Amour said. According to police, he dropped the gun, and the Detroit man picked it up and began to walk away. Officers ordered him to drop the gun, and he put it down, St. Amour said. Both men were taken into custody.
The Ypsilanti man had injuries from the fight inside the club and was treated at the University of Michigan Hospital, St. Amour said. Police didn't have details about the injuries. Investigators say he didn't have a permit to carry the gun.
The manager had some bruises, police said. Attempts by AnnArbor.com to reach the manager this morning were unsuccessful.
Ten minutes after the gun incident, St. Amour said, officers responded to a reported fight inside the club and used mace to disperse a large crowd. That's when the woman was arrested.
St. Amour didn't have an estimate of the size of the crowd or know whether officers were still on the scene from the first fight.
Police continue to investigate both incidents.