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BOE: Poll worker who pulled gun in CLE fired

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 15, 2016

A man working at a Cleveland polling location was arrested after showing a gun inside the building Tuesday.

According to Cleveland police, 45-year-old Alan Bethea became involved in an argument with other workers at the polling location at Louisa May Alcott School on Baltic Road and pulled a gun from his backpack.

Police said he didn't point the gun at anyone but he verbally threatened them before leaving the building. 

He was later arrested at the intersection of West 107th Street and Detroit Avenue without incident.

Police found the weapon and a small amount of marijuana in his backpack. 

Bethea faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon, having weapons under disability, and aggravated menacing, police reported.

The Board of Elections reported on Monday that Bethea was fired as an Election Day worker, stating that "The Board does not tolerate this type of behavior."

The BOE said the incident ended "almost immediately." The Board is assisting the Cleveland Police Department in the investigation and voting was not interrupted by the incident.