Early Sunday morning, ABC Enforcement Agents with the Department of Revenue did a routine business check at Club Heidiho on 22nd St. S. While inside the club, the agents spotted Willie Meady, 19, having a drink. Meady was pulled from the club so that the officers could speak with him outside.
The agents called for a CPD unit to transport Meady to LCADC on a charge of underage drinking. Officer Joseph Strevel responded to the club.
After Meady was detained, he was searched. In his pocket was an F.I.E. Titan .25 semi-auto pistol. The gun was confiscated.
Agent Jason Counts cleared the gun, by ejecting the magazine and pulling the slide back several times to eject any possible chambered rounds. There were no apparent loaded rounds. When Counts released the slide, it struck a round that was jammed in the barrell. The gun fired, but Counts had it pointed at the ground for safety’s sake.
When the round struck the ground, it sent small debris flying. Small rocks struck Meady, Strevel and a security guard at Club Heidiho, but none of the impacts broke skin. An ambulance was called to check everyone over as a precaution. Meady told the officers, “I’ve been shot before. I’ll be fine.”
After refusing further treatment from the ambulance, Meady was taken to LCADC and charged with Underage Drinking and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.0