Deputies: Armed man walks into Oldsmar bar, shoots and kills U.S. Army vet

Suspect is a former Michigan police officer

OLDSMAR, Fla. - Detectives with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office say a U.S. Army veteran is dead after a shooting at Hennessy's Bar and Grill in Oldsmar early Wednesday morning. 

The call came in around 1:07 a.m. on Wednesday morning for an armed person at the business. 

When deputies responded they found one man dead and the male suspect was arrested. 

Our crews on the scene have confirmed the man that was shot was also an employee at the bar and worked as a cook. He has been identified as 33-year-old David Brown, who his friends called Patrick. The incident happened inside the business.

Brown leaves behind a wife and teenage son.

The family released a statement saying, “Patrick was loved by many and the void created with his death won't be able to be filled.”

The shooter has been identified as 43-year-old Brian Mytych. 

Deputies say it appears the shooting stemmed from an incident at the bar between the two men on February 6, 2017. Mytych reportedly got into an altercation with Brown. Mytych was allegedly saying racial slurs toward the band playing that night. Deputies were called to the scene and gave Mytych a no trespassing citation for being drunk and disorderly. 

On Wednesday, February 15, deputies say Mytych showed up with a 45 caliber gun and shot Brown multiple times inside of the bar. 

While in the bar, Mytych told patrons to leave and then called 911 and stayed on scene until the deputies arrived. 

Deputies arrested Mytych and he is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail. He has been charged with one count of 1st degree murder. 

Mytych was previously employed at the Detroit Police Department for five years. He then went to work for the Westland Police Department, in  Westland, Michigan, for 13 years where he was terminated. 

Detectives say there is no threat to the public at this time. 

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