POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a 24-year-old man on July 15 in connection to allegations that a loaded gun fell out of his pocket in the men's restroom of a club on FM 3277 and went off.
The bullet went through the wall and lodged in stall in the women's restroom, according to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained on Wednesday.
Chesson Rydell Williams is still being held in the Polk County jail on a third-degree felony deadly conduct - discharge of a firearm charge, a third-degree felony unlawfully carrying a firearm on an alcohol premises charge, and a Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury charge. He was also charged with bond forfeiture, public intoxication, consumption of alcohol by a minor, criminal mischief, and possession of alcohol by a minor, all misdemeanors.
Collective, his bail amount has been set at $21,000 on four of the charges.
According to the arrest warrant, a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched out to Whirlwinds at 3017 FM 3277 on July 14 in reference to a report of shots fired. When the deputy arrived on the scene, she spotted a man in a blue shirt standing in the corner. Another man was standing in front of him.
The man in the blue shirt, who was later identified as Williams, pushed the other man down, causing him to hit his head on a pool table, the affidavit stated. The deputy also noticed blood on the ground near where the man had fallen.
After the PCSO deputy took Williams into custody and walked him out to her patrol unit, witnesses in the bar said he was the man in the men's restroom when the gun went off. Williams allegedly told the deputies that the gun fell out of his pocket and fired into the wall.
Witnesses said they heard a loud noise from the men's bathroom, and when they opened the door, they found spent shell casing lying on the ground near the toilet.
When the first deputy that responded to the scene investigated further, she found a bullet hole in the bathroom's stainless steel mirror. The bullet exited the wall in the women's bathroom and lodged in a wooden stall.
According to the affidavit, the PCSO deputy noticed that Williams had slurred speech. He also smelled of alcohol, the affidavit stated.