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PD: Man accused of pulling out loaded handgun at diner

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The following photo of Rahul Taylor was provided by the Fairfield Police Department. The following photo of Rahul Taylor was provided by the Fairfield Police Department.

A Westport man was arrested after police said he argued with a friend and openly displayed a handgun at Southport diner, which upset customers.

Officers were called to the Athena Diner on Post Road at 1:41 a.m. after complaints of three people being threatened by a customer having a loaded handgun.

"The male that has the gun is wearing a black shirt," the caller said during the 911 call. "We don't know where the gun is now."

Investigators found Rahul Taylor, 29, at table, who police said appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to them to drinking alcohol before coming to the diner.

Officers asked him multiple times if he was in possession of hand gun, which he denied.

When Taylor was asked to get out of his seat, officers noticed a .45 caliber Inter Arms pistol in his waistband, which was confiscated by police.

Taylor, who has a valid pistol permit, was arrested and charged with first-degree threatening, reckless endangerment, breach of peace and carrying a firearm under influence of alcohol/drugs.

He is being held on a $50,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned on April 9.

Investigators discovered that Taylor also owns two shotguns.

Earlier in the week, Geoffrey Weglarz, 55, of Fairfield was arrested he became so enraged that the sandwich he ordered was not made the way he wanted that he returned to McDonald's and threw the food at the pregnant manager.

Weglarz, who has a connection with Sacred Heart University, was arrested with a loaded Glock pistol in his waistband, but was able to provide a valid pistol permit to police.

"This is the second incident we've had where an individual has displayed aggressive behavior, unjustifiable anger while carrying a weapon, while having a permit, that is a concern to us," said Fairfield Police Lt. James Perez.

Police are warning legal gun owners that there is an even higher level of responsibility because people are on heightened alert after the shootings at Sandy Hook.

On Dec. 14, a gunman shot and killed his mother while she slept in her bed before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he killed 20 children and six adults. He then killed himself as police entered the school.

"Carrying a gun is an awesome responsibility," Perez said. "Something that should be done with utmost care and respect."

Police took the permits from both registered gun owners while they continue their investigations.

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