Suspect Charged in Roseville Fatal Shooting at Dooleys Tavern

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – The suspect in the fatal shooting that took place over the weekend at Dooleys Tavern in Roseville was formally charged today in a Mount Clemens court room.Murder Suspect Nolan Baca

The Macomb County Prosecutor authorized charges against a 21-year-old man for the murder of a 37-year-old guest at Dooley’s Bar early Sunday morning, October  20th, 2019.

Nolan M. Baca, of Clinton Township, has been charged with:
• Murder – Second Degree, a felony, punishable by up to life in prison;
• Weapons – Carrying Concealed, a five-year felony; and,
• Weapons – Felony Firearm, a two-year felony.

Sunday, October 20th, at approximately 12:45 AM, Roseville Police were dispatched to Dooley’s Roseville, located on Gratiot Ave. between Masonic and 14 Mile Roads, regarding reports of a shots fired, and a man shot in the men’s bathroom. Police arrived at the scene to find several individuals engaged in a heated altercation outside of the bar, including one man holding a gun, later determined to be the murder weapon.

Police and prosecutors allege that the victim,  Johnny Owczarski, and Nolan Baca got into an altercation in the men’s bathroom. It is alleged that Baca shot Owczarski multiple times.

Johnny Owczarski‘s brother-in-law wrestled the gun away from the Baca and shouted for someone to call 9-1-1. Nolan Baca proceeded to run toward the parking lot with the victim’s brother-in-law giving chase after him and having the suspects’s gun still in hand. Other individuals became engaged in the dispute. Police were able to secure the scene without further incident, and recover the murder weapon, determined to be registered to the Nolan Baca. However,  the gun owner did not have a CPL and should not have had the weapon inside a bar.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“Once again, our county is grieving the tragic death of a young man, due to a completely senseless act of violence,” stated Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. “This blatant disregard for the lives of other must stop. We will continue to prosecute these individuals who threaten our communities to the fullest extent of the law.”

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the Roseville Police Department. The swift, vigilant actions of the officers who were first on the scene ensured that no other tragedy occurred.”

The defendant was arraigned this afternoon in the 39th District Court, in Roseville, where Judge Boedeker denied bond.

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