Studio Movie Grill was evacuated Thursday night after an off-duty Bakersfield police officer was found asleep with a loaded gun in his lap in an empty theater.
The man, identified as Douglas Barrier, 29, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, according to Bakersfield Police Department.
Studio Movie Grill, which opened in April 2018, allows moviegoers to order food and beverages, including alcoholic drinks, while watching a movie. The venue also has a bar in its lobby.
BPD Sgt. Nathan McCauley confirmed Friday the gun was Barrier's service weapon. Police department policy does not allow firearms to be carried by any officer, on or off duty, who has consumed alcohol or taken drugs or medication that adversely impacts their judgment, McCauley said.
"Our department does in general encourage officers to wear a weapon off duty where applicable and appropriate but the expectation is that they do it in a safe, professional way," McCauley said.
A manager at Studio Movie Grill Friday afternoon declined to comment.
BPD responded to a report of a man sleeping with a gun in his lap in an empty theater around 11:16 p.m. Police evacuated the business along Calloway Drive in northwest Bakersfield before approaching the man, a BPD news release said.
Officers determined Barrier was under the influence of alcohol and he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication. No blood alcohol test was performed, McCauley said. That sort of testing is not normally done for public intoxication, he said.
Barrier was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Police ask that anyone with information about this case call BPD at 327-7111.