Patrons wrestle gun from suspect after bar spat escalates to gunfire

Andre Mouton

Andre Mouton (Photo: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

A 54-year-old man is facing numerous charges after a verbal altercation inside a Florida bar early Sunday morning escalated to gunfire.

Andre Mouton was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, breach of peace with disorderly conduct, and discharge of a firearm in public.

Authorities say Mouton and another man became engaged in a verbal altercation at Tracy’s Lounge in Suntree shortly after 1 a.m. Mouton left the bar, but decided to return about 30 minutes to resume the altercation. Witnesses say Mouton “charged” at the victim, so multiple patrons tackled Mouton to the ground.

Mouton, however, was armed with a handgun and fired a round during the scuffle. The patrons then wrestled the gun from Mouton. Deputies arrived a short time later.

Other than some bruising that Mouton appears to have suffered, no one was injured during the incident.

[ Florida Today ]