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Trapani’s dishwasher arrested after gun discharges at restaurant

Trapani’s Eatery is on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis.
Trapani’s Eatery is on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis. amccoy@sunherald.com File

A gun was fired accidentally at Trapani’s Eatery on Thursday morning, police say, and a restaurant employee was arrested.

It happened at 8:45 a.m. before the restaurant opened, said co-owner Jolynne Trapani.

Interim Police Chief Capt. Wes Mayley said police received the initial report about an hour later.

Trapani said a dishwasher, whom police identified as Joseph L. Smith, 27, of Waveland, had the gun on him. When he stood up, the gun fell to the ground and discharged.

Smith was worried after the gun fired, Trapani said, because he wasn’t supposed to have it, so he threw it over a fence.

He was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, Mayley said.

The person who reported the gunshot told officers he saw several men “messing around with a gun” when it went off. Surveillance footage led officers to question Smith, who later admitted the gun fell from his pocket and fired.

There were no injuries, Mayley said.

The restaurant is on Beach Boulevard in Old Town.

Wesley Muller: 228-896-2322, @WesleySMuller

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