nathan gautheir

A man was arrested Saturday, June 2, outside of Driftwood Distillery, Washington, after allegedly pointing a gun at a group of patrons.

Nathan G. Gauthier, 22, Marthasville, was charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

According to Washington police, Gauthier was kicked out of Driftwood Distillery for vaping inside the business after he was asked to stop. Gauthier was removed from the premises but stayed outside of the business and refused to leave.

An argument began between Gauthier and two patrons who told him to leave. After the altercation, Gauthier waited for the patrons outside of the business for an hour and a half.

According to a probable cause statement filed in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, during that time he got a semi-automatic handgun from his truck. He then walked back to the distillery and waited for the two patrons.

A bar bouncer saw Gauthier outside the business and walked the two patrons and their friends out of the front door of the distillery. Gauthier then approached them and pointed his gun at them.

According to police, Gauthier threatened to shoot the two patrons. After some time, Gauthier lowered his gun and put it back in his pocket, but then got the gun out a second time, pointed it at the group, and threatened to shoot them again.

Gauthier once more put the gun in his pocket and walked away.

He was later arrested. At the time of his arrest he was in possession of a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield Bodyguard 380, according to the probable cause statement. The magazine was loaded with one round in the chamber.

Gauthier claimed that he was acting in self-defense at the time of his arrest. He is being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $4,900 bond.