Cops: Drunk patron pulls toy gun; employee comes back with real gun

An alleged drunk patron said he “had something” for the manager and security guard that escorted him out of a restaurant, but his toy gun was no match for the real one an employee pulled on him, authorities said.

According to Brookhaven police, the man was “extremely intoxicated” at about 3 a.m. Sunday at the Acapulco Tropical on Buford Highway and fell to the ground. 

The manager and a security guard escorted him out, but that didn’t seem to please the patron. 

“Eventually, the male subject was heard saying that he ‘had something’ for the employees as he exited the business,” Brookhaven police spokesman Maj. Brandon Gurley said. 

The man came back to the restaurant with what was later found to be a toy gun, Gurley said. 

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But before the patron could act, an employee grabbed his own gun, confronted the man as he opened the front door and told him not to continue, police said. 

“The employee fired several rounds at the armed person causing (him) to retreat and leave the scene in a white truck,” Gurley said. 

About 5:30 a.m., the man was found at the Avenue at 85 apartment complex after he called 911 about being shot in his shoulder and wrist. The toy gun was also found at the apartment. 

The patron remains in a local hospital, Gurley said. No charges have been filed in the case and no names have been released. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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