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Police: man with gun, knives arrested for assault at bar

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Police arrested a Lancaster man after he reportedly became unruly at a bar, threatened patrons with a gun, and tried to attack arresting officers with a knife.

Early Monday morning just after midnight, officers were dispatched to Rumplebrewskin's Bar in the 800 block of North Plum Street for reports of a fight in progress.

According to police, a patron (later identified as 33-year-old Jason Bissell of East Ross Street, Lancaster) had become unruly and was harassing female patrons of the bar.

When told to stop by others in the bar, Bissell produced a handgun and had threatened patrons with that gun.

Employees and patrons managed to subdue Bissell and hold him until police arrived.

First responding officers were not able to immediately confirm if all weapons had been secured from Bissell upon their arrival.

Bissell resisted arrest; he was on his stomach and kept his hands under his torso and reached toward his waist. Officers thought he was reaching for a weapon, and after managing to handcuff him they saw that he had been on top of an approximately 6" folding knife.

He attempted to kick at the officers while he was handcuffed, striking one of them in the leg.

Authorities searched Bissell before putting him in the police vehicle. They uncovered three additional knives and a box of 9mm ammunition.

Bissell, who complained of pain in his face and two superficial cuts on his abdomen, was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

While interviewing witnesses, police determined that patrons and employees were able to get the gun away from Bissell and secure it before police arrival. That gun was a Sig-Sauer 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Bissell did have a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm.

Between the gun magazines and box of ammunition, police said Bissell had been in possession of 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Bissell was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and public drunkenness. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.

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