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Federal Agent’s Bachelor Party At Topless Club Ends In Shootout

July 23, 1995

HOUSTON (AP) _ A federal drug agent’s bachelor party at a topless nightclub turned violent early Sunday when he got into a gunfight with bar managers over a $5 cover charge.

When it was over, bridegroom Pete Sinclair, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was hospitalized in fair condition with two bullet wounds and Ritz Cabaret owner Stavros Fotinopoulos was hospitalized in poor condition after taking five bullets from Sinclair’s 9mm pistol.

Sinclair, 28, was aboard a rented bus with 40 members of his bachelor party when they made Ritz Cabaret their ``third or fourth″ stop of the night, police spokesman Fred King said.

When the party was told of the $5-per-person cover charge, the revelers began returning to the bus, King said. But Sinclair lingered and got into an argument with Fotinopoulos, 38, and the club’s manager, Lynn Clayton Turner, 39.

It was not immediately clear who fired first, but initial police reports indicate Fotinopoulos pulled a gun on Sinclair, who then drew his own gun and shot the owner five times. Turner grabbed another 9mm pistol from the bar area and shot Sinclair twice, police said.

No charges had been filed as the investigation continued Sunday. It’s unknown when Sinclair was to have been married.

An upset man who answered the phone at Ritz Cabaret declined to comment on the matter, but had a word about Sinclair: ``I hope he dies.″

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