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Milwaukee tavern owner won't face charges after killing would-be robber

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - No charges will be filed against a Milwaukee tavern owner who killed one of three men who tried to rob the place last week.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said Monday that Andy Kochanski’s actions were, “lawfully permissible in defense of himself and others.”

Police said 23-year-old Carmelo Matos-Arzola was shot and killed last Thursday as he tried robbing the Concertina Beer Hall, a well-known polka bar on Milwaukee’s south side.

One of the other two suspects was wounded by Kochanski. 21-year-old Jose Munoz of Milwaukee was arrested during the weekend at a Chicago hospital, where he was served with an arrest warrant. He’s charged with armed robbery by force. The third suspect remains at large.

A concealed weapons’ group will highlight the self-defense aspect of the incident, by holding a free training class at the polka bar on Sunday for those interested in getting state concealed carry permits.

Wisconsin Carry Incorporated is sponsoring the class. Its leader, Nik Clark, says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Madison conservative radio host Vicki McKenna will hold a news conference before the class.

Sheriff Clarke is waging a campaign to encourage people to learn how to use guns to protect themselves. 

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