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Bay Minette man charged in local shooting


News Staff Writer

Atmore police announced last Friday, March 3, the arrest of a Baldwin County man who was involved in the February 26 shooting that took place at the McDonald’s on South Main Street.
Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that Christopher Bush, 31, of Bay Minette — against whom the victim had obtained a protective order — is charged with three counts of felony domestic violence, and with violation of the protective order.
According to police reports, officers were sent around 7:25 p.m. to the fast-food restaurant in reference to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, the victim told them her ex-boyfriend, Bush, “came into the restaurant and began punching her.”
A bystander reportedly pulled Bush away from the female employee, and police reports show that Bush then “pulled a handgun from his clothing and pointed it at the victim and threatened to kill her.”
When Bush’s handgun malfunctioned, the victim “pulled a handgun and pointed it at him.” Bush scrambled out of the restaurant and tripped over the curbing. As he was falling, he fired a round into the woods behind the restaurant, police said.
He then “regained his footing and scurried across the street where he was able to catch a ride out of town.”
McMann reported that Bush has two prior convictions for third-degree domestic violence against the unidentified McDonald’s employee.
APD investigators obtained arrest warrants charging him with one count each of felony domestic violence, third degree-menacing, felony domestic violence, third degree-reckless endangerment, felony domestic violence, third degree-assault, and violation of a domestic violence protection order.
Bush was taken into custody March 2 by Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies. He was transferred to the Escambia County Detention Center on March 3 and remained in the facility late Monday, March 6, awaiting a bond hearing.