Midland Bar Owner Arrested After Fight at Betty’s Place in Downtown Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A brawl between a bar owner and a bartender in Midland ended with a bullet hole in a wall.

It happened at Betty's Place in downtown Midland just after 6:30p.m. Saturday night.

Police tell NewsWest 9, the owner, 67-year-old Ferdinand Barrie, got into a fight with 22-year-old bartender Curtis Gibson.

We're told Barrie left the bar then returned with a gun.

That's when Gibson confronted him and tried to get the weapon.

Police say the gun went off during the struggle.

The bullet put a hole in the wall, but didn't hit anyone.

Barrie was taken to the hospital for injuries he got in the fight.

He's now behind bars on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful carrying of a weapon on a licensed premise.

His bond has been set at $60,000.