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Intoxicated man displayed handgun while buying liquor, sheriff says

Intoxicated man displayed handgun while buying liquor, sheriff says

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RICHMOND — After producing a handgun while trying to buy liquor, a man who was restricted from carrying a firearm was arrested.

Tuesday, around 4:45 p.m., Matthew Cates, 42, entered the State Liquor Store in Richmond while intoxicated, the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said. While at the counter attempting to purchase a bottle of liquor, Cates removed a handgun from his pants pocket and set it on the counter.

Though Cates did not make any verbal threats, the clerk completed the transaction, feeling concerned for his immediate safety, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cates left the building, taking the bottle and gun with him, leaving the premises in a vehicle. The clerk recorded the license plate number, vehicle description and called the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded, contacting Cates at his home in Lewiston.

Cates was taken into custody for questioning and a small handgun was recovered at his home as evidence.

Upon a background check, deputies found Cates had been restricted from legally possessing or carrying a concealed firearm.

Cates was booked into the Cache County Jail and charged with possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony, and carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, a class B misdemeanor.

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