Bar patron wrestles gun away from alleged shooter, holds him at gunpoint at Roseville bar

Posted at 12:16 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 13:33:33-04

ROSEVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) — We are learning more about the 37-year-old Harrison Twp man who was shot and killed in Roseville and the risks taken to help police make an arrest.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday at Dooley’s on Gratiot in Roseville.

Police say a fight in the bathroom turned deadly when a 21-year-old man pulled out a gun. His arraignment has been moved until Tuesday.

We first told you Sunday night, police said a bar patron held the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived. Today we spoke with that man who wants to remain anonymous.

He says he was not carrying a weapon. Instead he fought the alleged shooter and wrestled the gun away from him, then used that gun to make sure the shooter didn’t get away.

Friends and family say 37-year-old Johnny Owczarski was an amazing father, brother, son and friend.

Relatives say the mother of Johnny’s daughter, Erica Lynne, is trying to find the words, to tell the little girl dad isn’t coming home.

Erica Lynne created a public Facebook Fundraiser and thanked everyone for their concern and support, saying in me public post: “We immensely need any prayer we can get to help our children and family get through this”

There's also a GoFundMe for Owczarski.