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Greensburg man shot outside Jeannette bar

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By Amanda Dolasinski
Friday, April 26, 2013, 1:06 p.m.
 

A West Mifflin man fled from police and had to be subdued with a stun gun after he allegedly shot a man outside a Jeannette bar early Friday morning.

Dameon Harrison, 36, is in Westmoreland County Prison on $250,000 straight bond.

He is charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person for the shooting just after midnight in front of QT's Tavern on Penn Avenue, according to Jeannette police.

Harrison allegedly shot Akeem Vance, 29, of Greensburg, in the leg around 12:30 a.m. Vance was taken to a hospital by medical helicopter, but police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

QT's Tavern has been a problem area for Jeannette police, who have worked with the state Liquor Control Enforcement Agency, Chief Brad Shepler said.

“LCB did an enforcement action on that bar and sent down some recommendations,” he said. “Obviously, they're not working. I've been in contact with the LCB, and they've been aiding me in trying to get some resolution.”

Bar owner Tony Sisti said he has been cooperating with law enforcement and that all of the problems have occurred outside.

“Most of the problems that I'm having are outside,” he said. “I can't go out in the streets and scold people. I try to chase them away; they retaliate by damaging cars or slashing tires.”

Sisti said he started as a bartender and was able to purchase the bar in the late 1980s. He has closed the bar early for the last three months and has considered removing a jukebox that plays vulgar songs, he said.

He said he likely will close QT's next month when the lease expires.

“I can't handle it,” he said. “I want to get out of the business.”

A female witness told police Harrison walked into the bar and kept telling everyone that he was “strapped.” He repeatedly put his hand in the pocket of his hoodie, indicating he had a gun, according to court documents.

Harrison walked over to Vance and told him they needed to talk. The men walked outside and Harrison again indicated that he had a gun, police said.

Vance yelled to Harrison, “Don't talk to my baby's mother that way,” and told the witness to go back into the bar. The witness told police as soon as she walked back inside, she heard three gunshots.

She ran outside and saw Vance lying on the ground. She flagged down a police officer driving through the area, police said.

As the officer approached the bar, he saw Vance lying on the street with a gunshot wound to his leg, according to court documents.

People were screaming and pointing at Harrison saying, “It was him. Stop him,” according to documents.

Harrison walked across Penn Avenue and ran north on 12th Street when the officer ordered him stop. The officer chased Harrison down Penn Avenue through an empty lot and into an alley behind the bar, police said.

Harrison attempted to jump over a fence in a 12th Street alley but fell back, got up and ran north on Penn Avenue. The officer caught up with Harrison behind a residence and again ordered him to stop.

The officer said Harrison ignored him and turned to run through a yard when he pulled out his stun gun. Harrison was hit in the back and placed in handcuffs after he fell to the ground, police said.

Shepler commended the officer's actions during the foot chase.

“He was in the right place at the right time,” Shepler said. “Thankfully, there was no gun violence in the chase.”

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220.

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