Clinton Township Man Charged With Murder In Dooley's Bar Shooting

He was ordered held without bond

WWJ News
October 22, 2019 - 2:00 pm
Nolan Baca

Nolan Baca (Photo: Roseville Police Department)

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ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - A 21-year-old Clinton Township man has been charged in a fatal shooting in the bathroom of a Roseville bar

Nolan Baca was arraigned in 39th District Court Tuesday on the following counts: Second degree murder, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, according to Roseville police.

He pleaded not guilty, telling authorities he fired in self-defense. Bond was denied. 

Investigators said a 37-year-old Harrison Township man was fatally shot just before 1 a.m. Sunday at Dooley's Irish Tavern, on Gratiot Ave. south of 14 Mile Rd.

Police said Baca and the victim were in the bathroom when they got into an argument that quickly turned physical. That's when it's alleged that Baca pulled out a gun and shot the other man. 

Officers arrived on the scene to find Baca disarmed and being held at gunpoint by another bar patron, police said. The victim was found dead in the bathroom, and the alleged gunman was arrested. 

While police have not named the victim publicly, he has been identified by family members as Johnny Owczarski. He worked as a roofer and was "an amazing father and friend," according to an online fundraiser seeking donations for memorial services and to help support Owczarski's two children. 

Other details, including if or how Baca and Owczarski knew each other and what they were arguing about, remain unclear.

Baca will remain held in the Macomb County Jail while awaiting his next court appearance, set for Oct. 30.