Man Dies After Struggle at Bar

From Times Staff Reports

A 51-year-old man who allegedly wielded a pistol outside a Laguna Niguel bar died early Wednesday from head injuries that he suffered when a bouncer tried to disarm him by using a pool cue.

James Leslie Martin, of Costa Mesa, was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Martin was struck twice with a pool cue as he wrestled with a bar patron for the .357 handgun, authorities said.

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