UPDATE: Sheriff: Promptly return guns used in self defense

UPDATE:  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says people who shoot someone in self defense should get their guns back within 48 hours of being cleared of criminal charges.

Credit: WITI

UPDATED Sunday, August 25, 2013 --- 8:38 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says people who shoot someone in self defense should get their guns back within 48 hours of being cleared of criminal charges.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/15aktIy ) the sheriff spoke Sunday to more than 100 people who packed Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall in Milwaukee. They were there to attend a concealed carry class at the same tavern where owner Andy Kochanski shot and killed a man who tried to rob the business at gunpoint a week and a half ago.

Prosecutors said last week they won't charge Kochanski because he acted in defense of himself and two customers. But Clarke says Kochanski has not yet received his gun back. The sheriff says he intends to lobby some legislators to mandate expedited return of such weapons.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, August 21,b2013 ---8:50 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The owner of a Milwaukee tavern who fatally shot one of three men trying to rob the bar tried to save the man after shooting him.

Andy Kochanski says his first instinct was to shoot the masked men who barged into the Concertina Beer Hall early last Friday waving guns. He says his second instinct, as a former firefighter, was to perform CPR on the man he had just shot.

Twenty-three-year-old Carmelo Matoz-Arzola later died of a single gunshot wound. Court documents say the weapons two of the men carried were BB guns. But, Kochanski says they looked real to him.

WTMJ-TV reports one of the two other men is in custody. Prosecutors don't plan to file any charges against Kochanski, who they say, acted in self-defense

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Monday, August 19, 2013 --- 6:27 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office won't file charges against a Milwaukee bar owner who fatally shot an armed robbery suspect.

Police say three suspects tried to rob Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall at gunpoint last week. Bar owner Andy Kochanski shot one of the suspects who died at the scene. The other two suspects fled.

The prosecutor's office said Monday that no charges will be filed against Kochanksi. In a statement, the DA's office says Kochanski's actions "were lawfully permissible in defense of himself and others."

On his bar's Facebook page, Kochanski said he has no regrets about protecting himself and his customers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Friday, August 16, 2013 --- 1:52 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office will review the fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect at a well-known Milwaukee bar.

Police say three suspects tried to rob Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall at gunpoint about midnight Friday. The bar owner produced a handgun and shot one of the suspects who died at the scene. The other two suspects fled.

On his Facebook page, owner Andy Kochanski says he has no regrets about protecting himself and his customers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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