Man Pulls Gun During Fight Over $30 Bar Tab

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, May 19, 2011  |  Updated 11:39 AM CDT
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Man Pulls Gun During Fight Over $30 Bar Tab

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A man drinking with three friends pulled a gun during a fight over who was paying a $30 bar tab, police say.

The incident took place just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Applebee's restaurant on the 3400 block of Illinois Avenue in Dallas.  A witness flagged down a passing Dallas police officer and said there were injured people inside and a man with a gun.

The officer called for backup and, believing there may be an active shooter inside, entered the business.

Once inside he found two injured men, one with a handgun. 

After securing the area, officers determined that a disagreement over the tab led to a fight between four friends.  During the melee, one of the men pulled a gun in self defense and two of the men ran.

Investigators said the armed man may have been justified in pulling the weapon, but that he was a convicted felon on parole and is now headed back to jail after being charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Both of the men at the scene were transported to an area hospital for cuts and bruises.  The other two men are at large.

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