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Deputies Arrest Las Vegas Man Entering Fresno Courthouse With Gun, Drugs



The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says an x-ray machine revealed that a convicted felon entered the courthouse Friday, March 3, 2023, with this handgun. (Fresno County SO)
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It’s probably not the smartest move to take a loaded gun and drugs into the Fresno County Courthouse.

Christian Ward booking photo

Christian Ward

But that’s what convicted felon Christian Ward of Las Vegas tried to do on Friday, March 3, according to Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies.

A sheriff’s spokesman said that an x-ray machine in the court’s screening area exposed a handgun and methamphetamine in Ward’s bag.

Deputies arrested Ward, 25, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and booked him into jail, where he remains. His bail is $335,000.

Deputies say that Christian Ward of Las Vegas tried to enter the Fresno County Courthouse with this gun on Friday, March 3, 2023. (Fresno County SO)

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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