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Milwaukee sheriff to speed up weapons-return in self-defense shootings

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says those who shoot others in self-defense should get their guns back from police within 48 hours after being cleared.

Clarke said yesterday he would ask state lawmakers to pass the requirement, after Milwaukee polka bar owner Andy Kochanski has waited for a week to get his gun back. Prosecutors said last Monday they would not charge Kochanski, after he acted in self-defense against three would-be robbers at the Concertina Beer Hall on August 15th. Kochanski grabbed a gun from behind the bar and killed 23-year-old Carmelo Matos-Arzola. 21-year-old Jose Munoz was wounded. He’s been charged with attempted robbery. The third suspect is still at-large.

Milwaukee Police have been accused in the past of holding onto weapons for evidence longer than they need to.

Clarke said the police are taking away Kochanski’s freedom to quote, “possibly act again tonight.” The sheriff said that if Kochanski had called police instead of shooting, quote, “We might have been out here today for a memorial service.” About 100 people attended an event yesterday at Kochanski’s bar where the sheriff spoke. There was also a free course for those wanting state permits to carry concealed weapons.