A Bristol, Va., man pulled a pistol out when police arrived to a call at a local nightclub.
Ultimately the .45-caliber handgun Travis Tyrome Ferguson pulled from his waistband was found to be disabled by a trigger lock, but Johnson City police didn’t know that until they arrested the man early Sunday morning.
Ferguson, 24, 306 Oak St., Apt. A, Bristol, Va., was charged with reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a handgun while under the influence.
Ferguson was arraigned on the charges Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.
The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. at Chrome, 820 W. Walnut St.
Police were called to the bar about a weapons law violation and saw club bouncers chasing a man — later identified as Ferguson — into the parking lot.
Officer Adam Lunceford wrote in a court document that he saw a black male turn toward him and lift his right arm from his side.
“He had a pistol in his hand and he racked the slide back to place a round into the chamber of the weapon,” Lunceford wrote.
Lunceford drew his service weapon and ordered Ferguson to put his gun down.
“I yelled put the gun down and get on the ground,” Lunceford wrote about the incident. But Ferguson just stood there looking around “as of to be looking for someone.”
After Lunceford’s third verbal order to Ferguson, the man put the handgun on the ground and laid down on his stomach.
Only then was Lunceford able to holster his weapon, put Ferguson in handcuffs and took control of the gun.
“It wasn’t until after I placed the handgun in my car that I observed there was a trigger lock on the handgun,” Lunceford stated. Ferguson had the key to the trigger lock in his wallet.
According to Lunceford’s account of the arrest, Ferguson said he was protecting himself after an unknown black male threatened to hit him in the head with a bottle.
“He stated that he wasn’t going to shoot anyone, that he was just trying to protect himself,” Lunceford wrote.
Ferguson was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $12,000 bond and had a hearing set for Oct. 17.