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Man charged in shooting incident outside Uniontown bar

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Washington County man is accused of firing shots outside a Uniontown bar last week.

Antwain Oliver, 29, of California was charged by Uniontown police with aggravated assault. simple assault, reckless endangerment, possession, public drunkenness, firearm not to be carried without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered manufacture number.

According to an affidavit filed before District Judge Michael Metros, Officer Jonathan Grabiak stated that while on patrol at 1:50 a.m. March 8, he heard a gunshot coming from the area of Esther's Tavern at 56 Austin St.

He said he saw Oliver in front of the bar with a black semiautomatic handgun. As Grabiak approached, Oliver put the gun in his pocket and went inside the bar, the affidavit said.

Grabiak followed him inside, where the bar's owner, whom police did not identify, picked up a handgun from the floor and handed it to him. The person told Grabiak it was the gun that had been fired outside and that the shooter was in the rest room and threatening to shoot again.

Grabiak and additional arriving officers ordered the people in the rest room to exit. The bar's disc jockey came out first, followed by Oliver, who was placed under arrest.

Oliver was found to be in possession of almost 7 grams of a substance that tested positive for crack cocaine, police said. He also had $1,860 in a pocket.

Police said Oliver had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol.

Five shell casings were found in front of the bar. A short time later, witnesses came to the police station to report that their vehicle was fired on as it passed the tavern. They described a man resembling Oliver as the shooter.

Oliver is free on $26,000 surety bond as he awaits a preliminary hearing April 16 before Metros.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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