HAMMOND | A 25-year-old man is facing federal charges after officers spotted him holding a long rifle in one hand and a bottle of Patron tequila in the other.
Schickell D. Best is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court records.
On Sept. 28, officers were helping close the Link Bar, 752 Broadway, Gary, when a woman told an officer there was a man behind him holding a rifle, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in federal court.
An officer saw Best holding a bottle of Patron and a long rifle and told him to drop the gun. According to the complaint, Best told the officer, "Man I'm cool, I'm about to leave."
Officers were able to grab the rifle and arrested Best. He later told police that he was not holding a rifle because he was holding the bottle of Patron and a cup in his hands, according to court records.
Officials determined the gun was made outside of Indiana, which means it traveled through interstate commerce, according to court records.
According to the complaint, Best was previously convicted in 2011 on charges of battery and battery by bodily waste.