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Fight at National Guard Armory leads to drug, gun arrest

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Covington man was arrested on gun and drug charges early Sunday morning after pulling a gun on people fighting outside the National Guard Armory, police said.

According to a Covington Police report, officers responded to the armory on Carroll Street just before midnight Saturday on a fight call. A staff sergeant overseeing a party at the armory told police he had been alerted that there was a fight outside the facility and that somebody had pointed a gun at people.

The Army official told police when he went outside, Ivan Romero, 22, pointed the weapon at him. He reportedly pulled his own weapon and instructed Romero to get on the ground.

According to the report, the facility was being rented out for the event.

Romero told police he drove to the location to pick up his cousin. He said when he arrived multiple people were trying to fight the cousin. He reportedly exited his car when the group of people hit it.

According to the report, Romero said when he got out of his car, the people began fighting his cousin and he tried to intervene. He told police he found a revolver on the ground and pointed it at the group to defend himself and his cousin.

Police recovered multiple bags of illegal drugs on Romero including a plastic bag containing 15 yellow rectangular pills with RO39 imprinted, believed to be Alprazolam, a plastic bag containing three squares and one strip of multi-colored paper believed to be Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), and a plastic bag containing four orange shield-shaped pills imprinted “Tesla.”

They also found one purple shield-shaped pill imprinted “Tesla,” one blue circular pill, one purple circular pill, one green circular pill believed to be Ecstasy and a plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

A silver .32-caliber revolver was also recovered at the scene. It was identified as the weapon that Romero pointed.

Romero was transported to the Newton County Jail charged with three counts of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, two counts of a Schedule I controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana less than one ounce.