State senator’s chief of staff charged in bar fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The chief of staff of Missouri Sen. Justin Brown is facing two misdemeanor charges after his gun fell to the floor during a bar fight.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 45-year-old Jared Brown, of Malden, was charged Thursday with unlawful use of a weapon and peace disturbance.

Jared Brown was arrested March 7 after the disturbance at the Spectator’s Bar and Grill in Jefferson City. He was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Jefferson City police say Brown told officers that he was “highly intoxicated” at the time, and that the 9 mm Ruger pistol recovered at the bar was his.

Sen. Brown, R-Rolla, said Wednesday that Jared Brown is taking a leave of absence to get “the help he needs.” The two men are not related.

Online court records don’t name an attorney for Jared Brown.

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Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com

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