From Newport Police
Newport Police Officers were dispatched shortly after 1am to a report of shots being fired at Moby Dick’s Seafood & Spirits at 448 SW Coast Highway. Patrons inside the bar heard a gunshot from the restroom area, and located a spent shell casing. Further information revealed that a suspect may have fled out the back door of the business.
Officers arrived on scene and determined someone had fired a single round through the wall of the men’s bathroom. The bullet traveled from the mens bathroom, through a portion of a urinal, and through the wall separating the mens bathroom from the women’s bathroom. The bullet then traveled through a cabinet in the women’s bathroom, stopping only after it struck the tile floor.
As Officers began searching the area for the suspect, they were advised by citizens of the direction of the suspect’s travel, and that he had been seen attempting to hide.
Officers located Jonathan Aaron Klein, age 23 of Newport, as he was walking in an alley behind the Dollar Tree business. Klein was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun that was concealed in his waistband. Klein admitted he had negligently discharged his firearm while he was in the bathroom.
Klein was transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he consented to a breath sample to determine his blood alcohol content. Klein was determined to have a BAC of .25, or three times the legal limit.
Klein was charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon; Criminal Mischief II, Recklessly Endangering Another; and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. His bail was set at $90,000.