Police find shooting teacher with an assortment of guns

Fuerza Pública officers arrested a man Wednesday night after a woman reported that he had threatened her with a gun minutes earlier in the bar he manages in Cartago.

Police also confiscated seven guns and nearly 650 rounds of ammunition, according to a report from the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policia y Seguridad Pública.

Officials said that only one of the guns was licensed at all and that gun was registered to a shooting school where the suspect is an instructor.

The incident began when a woman approached several Fuerza Pública officers who were patrolling the neighborhood of San Blas in Cartago, Wednesday night, the report said.

The woman, identified by the apellido Sanabria, told officers that she had been threatened by a man to whom she rents a room. The report said that the man, identified as Méndez Campos, is also the manager of a bar adjacent to Sanabria, property.

According to the report, Méndez came to Sanabria’s property that evening where he threatened her, and later went to the bar he manages, which is called Bar Cariari.

Officials said that the police had the right to enter the property when Sanabria told them that Méndez kept some of the guns in the room that she rents to him.

In the room, police found three .38-caliber revolvers, a .22-caliber revolver, a 9-millimeter pistol, a .22-caliber pistol and a .22-caliber rifle, the report said. Additionally police found 59 .38 caliber shells, 98 9 millimeter shells and 465 .22 and 27 shotgun shells.

Officials said that only one gun was registered at all, and that was registered to the Escuela de Tiro Cobra, a shooting school where Méndez teaches.

The report said that Mendez locked himself in his car and refused to comply with police officers’ requests for him to come out for two and a half hours. Police managed to arrest him when he left the vehicle and attempted to enter the bar.

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