HELENA – A pistol packing suspect involved in a fight is charged with assault with a weapon.

Helena Police arrested Santichai Khiangklang Sunday night.

Charging documents say the 26 year-old entered a business on the 600 block of Last Chance Gulch to confront an employee there in a dispute involving a woman.

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Witnesses say the suspect – wearing a handgun in a holster – approached the other individual in an aggressive manner and unbuckled the weapon.

When the two individuals got into a fight, the gun fell from the holster to the floor.

Several individuals said they were afraid they’d be shot.

Following his arrest, Khiangklang’s blood alcohol was measured at .188, twice the legal limit to drive.

He told law officers he’d had two beers before the incident.

Bond in the case has been set at $25,000.00.

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