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'Too fat' comment about girlfriend prompts man to get a gun

Posted at 10:56 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-12 10:58:00-05

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla., - A man is behind bars after causing a disruption at Matanzas on the Bay Restaurant on Fort Myers Beach.

Investigators say Gary Wallace was with his girlfriend at the restaurant when another customer had trouble getting by his girlfriend and pushed the chair she was sitting in. He made a comment about her size, calling her ‘too fat’.

That’s when things quickly escalated. Wallace ran home to grab a loaded gun and brought it back to the restaurant.

Investigators say it was Wallace’s girlfriend who called 911 as he returned to the restaurant.

Deputies arrived and got Wallace to hand over the gun. No one was hurt. 

Deputies have charged Wallace with disorderly intoxication and carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon.

It’s unclear how the restaurant responded to the incident. Management declined to comment on the incident.