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Bethel police: Man threatened people at bar with gun after being cut off by bartender

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Matthew Vance. (Bethel police photo) Matthew Vance. (Bethel police photo)
BETHEL, CT (WFSB) -

A man is accused of threatening people with a gun at a Bethel bar after he'd been cut off for excessive drinking, according to police.

Matthew Vance, 21, was arrested at his home in Bethlehem without an issue.

Bethel police said the incident started at the Meetinghouse Pub on Route 6 in Bethel.

They said they received a call about a man brandishing a firearm and making threats to patrons.

The suspect left before police arrived.

However, they were able to identify the suspect as Vance. They also determined that he had a legal pistol permit.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing Vance excessively drink. They said he was cut off by the bartender.

However, they said he circumvented the denial and continued to order drinks from various waitresses. He was also seen placing his hand on a silver pistol in his waistband.

At one point, witnesses reported seeing him chase a female patron while his hand was on the weapon.

Several waitresses told police that they saw Vance unholster the weapon and point it in the air while making threats.

He then got in his vehicle and left.

Bethel police contacted state police, who traveled to Bethlehem.

At Vance's home, troopers said they recovered a Smith & Wesson pistol and ammunition.

He was brought to Bethel police headquarters where he was charged with illegal carrying of a firearm while under the influence, breach of peace and reckless endangerment.

Police said he was held on a $50,000 bond and scheduled to face a judge in Danielson on Thursday.

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