FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Witnesses said the owner of a pizza restaurant located near the Ferguson police station pulled a gun on protesters Thursday, but the owner tells a different story.
Protesters said they saw the owner of Faraci’s Pizza pull a gun because he felt uncomfortable. Witnesses said the presence of the gun almost made the situation spin out of control. Witnesses also said the owner shouted a racial slur at protesters. A pastor serving as a peacekeeper said the owner went inside and stood at the window with a gun in his hand.
“They’re not going to bother your business, just stay calm and let them do what they’re going to do and they’ll be in and out,” said Dr. Henry Logan. “Showing the gun kind of excited things almost like he wanted a confrontation.”
Logan said he stood in front of the restaurant to discourage anyone from throwing something at the restaurant owner.
Police said no charges were filed because no one wanted to sign a witness statement.
Dawn Marshall and her husband Jim, who own Faraci's, said protesters had been blocking the streets near the restaurant and blocking the entrance. Marshall said she and her husband asked the protesters to move before the protesters became angry.
Marshall said her husband then went inside, turned off the lights, and reached for a gun for protection, but did not do so in plain sight.
"They had a night vision camera, and when he went over and picked up the gun and put in his pocket, a man shouted 'He's pointing a gun at protesters," Marshall said.
Marshall told News 4 protesters have accused her and her husband of being racists. She also said protesters have made death threats against them.
Marshall claims someone threw Molotov cocktails at the restaurant several days after protesters blocked the entrance.