Thursday, December 29, 2005

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel of December 27, 2005
Police treating shooting at club as self-defense
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A shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured in a bar early Saturday is being treated as a self-defense case, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said Tuesday.

LaCharles Hester, 27, was killed and another man, 23, who was not identified, was wounded in the chest by a bartender at Club Lush, 2529 N. Hopkins St., Schwartz said. The case has been referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office as justified but it will be up to prosecutors to rule on whether charges will be filed in the case, she said.

The bar owner was trying to clear the bar when Hester pulled out a gun, fired into the ceiling and pointed the gun at the bartender and other people in the bar, Schwartz said. The bartender, 36, who was not identified, drew a gun from his holster and shot Hester in the back of the head, she said.

The 23-year-old man then tried to take the gun away from the bartender and it fired, hitting the 23-year-old in the chest, Schwartz said.

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