Saturday, February 24, 2018
Public safety

Ousted bar patron returns with gun, sheriff's report says

HERNANDO BEACH — Berl Henson left the Beach Bar when the bartender asked him to early Thursday morning, but he wasn't gone long, authorities say.

Henson, 65, returned with a handgun about 1 a.m. and pointed it at the bartender, who dove for cover under the bar's pool table, according to a Hernando sheriff's report.

Bartender Tori McMahan told a deputy that she had ordered Henson to leave the bar at 3412 Shoal Line Blvd. for "causing problems," the report states. Henson became angry and said he was going to get his gun and come back, McMahan said.

He returned a short time later, waving a gun around before pointing it at McMahan, witnesses said. A male patron grabbed the weapon and held Henson on the ground until deputies arrived. The report does not specify the type of firearm.

Henson told a deputy that patrons had been threatening him and that he did not want to endure any more taunting.

"I screwed up and didn't plan for this to happen," he said, according to the report.

Charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, Henson was released Thursday afternoon from the Hernando County Detention Center after posting $7,000 bail, records show.

The report lists a Cartersville, Ga., address for Henson, but he also owns a home on Andora Lane in Spring Hill, according to Hernando County property records.

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