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Man stopped with gun at St. Clair Shores bar sentenced to prison

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 17, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A man claiming to be a federal agent before walking into a local bar with a gun and ordering patrons to the ground was sentenced to one to four years behind bars after pleading no contest to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

Patrick Scott Nikolauk, 51, called 911 before heading to Butter Run Saloon, 27626 Harper Ave., in July 2018 with a gun and ordering patrons and staff to the ground.

Nikolauk identified himself as a federal agent when he walked into the bar, but was tackled by three individuals and disarmed; a fourth person unloaded a magazine and one round of ammunition in the chamber from his legally registered gun.

Nikolauk pleaded no contest to three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon in April and was sentenced before Judge Edward Servitto in Macomb County Circuit Court June 5 to one to four years in the Michigan Department of Corrections with three days credit.

A charge of felony firearm was dismissed.

Nikolauk’s attorney, Eric Biretta, of Mount Clemens, could not be reached for comment before press time.