Soldier who took AR-15 to mall has weapons charge dismissed

Posted at 11:57 AM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 11:57:28-04

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Prosecutors have dropped a weapons charge against a Fort Bragg soldier who carried an AR-15 automatic rifle into a North Carolina mall for a photo shoot and triggered a lockdown.

The Fayetteville Observer reports ( that the Cumberland County District Attorney said the charge against 25-year-old Bryan Wolfinger was dismissed last week.

Wolfinger was arrested in July 2015 and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" when he carried the gun into a photo shop in the Cross Creek Mall.

District Attorney Billy West said investigators determined Wolfinger had the store's permission to carry the gun in for a photo shoot. The infantryman with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division said he wanted pictures for a casting call for a "Captain America" movie.