From Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni: On June 10, 2012 at 11:01 hours a Grass Valley police officer on patrol in the area of the Nevada Club Bar, 108 West Main Street, heard what sounded like a single gunshot. The officer observed a group of subjects in front of the Nevada Club in a verbal argument. One of the subjects yelled at the police officer that he had just been shot at. All the subjects appeared agitated and were acting as though they were going to begin a physical fight with each other . The officer called for additional officers/emergency back-up, pulled up to the scene and ordered all of the subjects on the ground at gunpoint. The five subjects involved complied with the officers commands.
Other officers arrived at the location and secured the scene. A loaded 9mm handgun was discovered in the waistband of Hardy Saffold, the owner of the Nevada Club Bar. Saffold also had a weighted leather pouch known as a blackjack, or SAP on his person.
Officers later learned that Saffold had confronted the other subjects outside the bar and a verbal argument ensued. Saffold pulled out a handgun and fired one round. (Not hitting anyone.) It was at that point the officer had arrived on scene. The 9mm handgun and SAP were taken as evidence. A 22. caliber handgun, was located by officers on the counter inside the bar and also taken as evidence.
Hardy Saffold was charged with 246.3 PC- Negligent discharge of a firearm (F)25400(a),PC- Possession of a concealed firearm (M), 25850(c) PC- Possession of a loaded firearm (M), 22210 PC- Possession of a SAP / Blackjack (F).
Leonard Walter was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Harold Mason was arrested for violating probation.
All three subjects were transported from the scene and booked into County Jail.
This matter is still under investigation. The Grass Valley Police Department along with the Department of California Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) will be following up on this case.