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Firing of gun leads to 1-year probation

A former bank manager in Crystal River was sentenced to one year of probation on Tuesday for an incident in which he fired a gun in the air at Port Paradise Resort. While on probation, Isaac Brown Jr. also must abstain from alcoholic beverages, stay out of bars and surrender his .38-caliber revolver to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, County Judge Gary Graham ruled.

Brown, 27, pleaded no contest to discharging a firearm in public. The state dropped a second charge, improper exhibition of a firearm. Both are misdemeanors.

Before his arrest, Brown was manager of American Pioneer Savings Bank's branch in Crystal River. He now works in the Daytona Beach office, defense attorney Roland Blossom said.

The incident occurred May 12 when Brown and some friends were dancing in Port Paradise's lounge, interviews and court records show.

A white patron began arguing with Brown, who is black, and directed racial slurs at him, records show. The dispute apparently started over the white patron's female companion, although details remain unclear.

Brown could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The argument continued in the parking lot, where Brown grabbed the revolver from his car, fired once in the air and left, records say. No one was injured.

Hours after the incident, Brown reported to the Crystal River Police Department to tell his side of the story.

Attorney Blossom told Graham the gun was used for protection, not as part of a "random, drunken shooting."