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Man allegedly threatened to 'shoot up' Sparta Police Dept.

Police arrested Matthew Ames outside the Hangout Bar

SPARTA, WI - Sparta police arrested a 24-year-old man after he allegedly threatened to shoot up the Sparta Police Department.

Police were called to the Hangout Bar around 2:10 a.m. on Monday. A patron had called police to report that Matthew Ames had a gun and told them he intended to shoot up the police department.

Police say when they arrived on scene, they found him standing outside the bar and saw a handgun concealed in his waistband. The police report states Ames showed "obvious signs of intoxication" and was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a handgun where alcohol is sold/consumed, and operating a firearm while intoxicated.


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