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Owner says man shot at bar did not work there

December 28, 2001

Owner says man shot at bar did not work there



By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI
kimy@herald-mail.com


The man who police say managed a bar in the Hancock area where he was shot to death during a dispute Wednesday was not an employee there, according to the bar's owner.

When contacted Thursday, Dimitrios Tsipouras, the owner of the Log Cabin Inn on Millstone Road, said he didn't know William Allen "Bill" Weicht, 33, of Warfordsburg, Pa.

Tsipouras also said he wasn't aware that Weicht had been shot at his bar.

"I'm shocked," he said.

An obituary for Weicht from Grove Funeral Home in Hancock lists his occupation as the co-manager of the Log Cabin Inn.

Maryland State Police said Weicht argued with a patron around the bar's 11 p.m. closing time Wednesday and then pulled out a .22-caliber handgun.

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The two men struggled and the weapon went off, hitting Weicht in the chest, according to police.

About an hour later he was pronounced dead at Washington County Hospital.

When police arrived, the handgun was on the bar. One round had been fired.

Besides Weicht and the patron with whom he fought, two other people were in the bar.

Police said one person was a friend of the patron in the argument.

The other person, a bartender, wasn't in the same room and didn't see the shooting.

1st Sgt. Rick Narron said Thursday police were still trying to determine exactly what happened in the bar that evening.

When talking to the man who fought with Weicht, investigators had a problem with the interview because the man was so intoxicated, Narron said.

Police did not release the name of the man who fought with Weicht.

No charges have been filed.

A Washington County Emergency Services dispatcher received a 911 call from the bar at 11:09 p.m. Wednesday. The male caller, who wasn't identified, said that a man had been shot at the bar.

When the dispatcher asked if the shooting was accidental, the caller replied "yeah."

The caller told the dispatcher he didn't know who fired the weapon.

In the background, patrons could be heard shouting. The dispatcher asked the caller if Weicht was breathing and the man said "he's moaning."

At the end of the call the dispatcher told the caller help was on the way and told him to place the victim on his back and apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding.

Robert Shoemaker, an investigator with the Washington County Liquor Board, said the bar had changed hands several times over the years.

The bar's previous owners were fined a few years ago for continuing to serve customers who were intoxicated, Shoemaker said.

However, within the past year the bar "has had no major infractions," according to Shoemaker.

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