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Wisconsin Bar Brawl Between Bartender And Patrons Ends With Shots Fired, Two Women Arrested

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Source: Janesville Police Department

Feb. 9 2023, Published 4:22 p.m. ET

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A bar fight in Wisconsin ended with a shooting and two women arrested, according to authorities.

Around 11 p.m. on Feb. 8, Jamie Payton, 39, and Olivia Abarca, 34, got into an argument with a bartender, police in Janesville said.

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When the dispute between the women and the bartender escalated into a physical disturbance, staff escorted the two women out of the bar.

At the same time, an off-duty police officer passing by the scene heard gunshots ring out in the parking lot and saw two women run into a nearby apartment, authorities said.

Multiple shell casings were recovered from outside the bar.

After detectives searched the apartment the women ran into and allegedly found a gun, THC and drug paraphernalia located in an area two children had access to, they placed Payton and Abarca under arrest.

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Abarca was charged with disorderly conduct, battery, and bail jumping.

Payton faces charges of disorderly conduct while armed, battery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, child neglect, and intoxicated use of a firearm.

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Abarca was charged and released, but Payton was being held at the Rock County Jail, officials said.

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