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Cops: North Merrick man held after discharging weapon near bar

Richard Sambade, 44, of North Merrick, was arrested

Richard Sambade, 44, of North Merrick, was arrested Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, on criminal possession of a weapon and other charges after Nassau County police said he discharged a firearm outside a bar in North Bellmore. Credit: NCPD

A North Merrick man was arrested in connection with the discharging of a firearm from his pickup truck as he left a North Bellmore bar early Sunday morning, Nassau County police said.

Richard Sambade, 44, of Tyrus Court, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after police said he discharged a firearm just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Ginger’s Bar at 2046 N. Jersusalem Rd. Sambade opened fire as he drove his Ford F-150 in the bar’s parking lot, police said.

There were no reported injuries.

Nassau police said they responded to the scene after a 911 call reporting a fight in front of the bar.

Several patrons outside the bar told arriving officers that Sambade discharged the weapon, police said.

A short time later, First Precinct officers pulled Sambade over and noted his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech slurred, police said.

Officers recovered a .38-caliber Taurus revolver from inside the pickup, police said, and eight rectangular white pills believed to be Alprazolam were found in Sambade’s pants pocket.

Alprazolam, a generic name for Xanax, is used in the treatment of anxiety.

In addition to criminal possession of a weapon, Sambade was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated.

He was scheduled for arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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