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Nov 13, 2012 12:38 PM by Faye DeHoff

Man arrested after threatening bar customers with sawed-off shotgun in Sierra Vista

SIERRA VISTA - A man has been arrested for aggravated assault in Sierra Vista after threatening customers and security at a local bar with a sawed-off shotgun.

On Sunday, November 11th, around 12:15 a.m., Sierra Vista police officers responded to JR's Food and Spirits at 4225 Avenida Cochise after receiving a call about a man with a gun.

Security personnel told officers a man became belligerent and disorderly after being asked to leave the club. The man, later identified as Joshua Galka, then tried to strike the security personnel twice. A vehicle then pulled up outside the club and picked Galka up. But when Galka opened the door of the vehicle, he pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and pointed it at the club's security and customers. Galka then got in the vehicle and it drove off.

Based on a description of the vehicle, officers were able to locate it near El Camino Real and Coronado. When officers attempted to stop it, the driver took off. The vehicle stopped at a nearby apartment complex and the driver ran from the vehicle. The passenger, Galka, was taken into custody.

The shotgun was located in the back seat of the vehicle and Galka was positively identified by witnesses from JR's. Galka was charged with: Disorderly Conduct, two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, two counts of Misconduct Involving a Weapon and Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Galka was booked into the Cochise County Sheriff's jail.

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