A Bloomfield bartender provided the statement used to put a Pittsburgh police officer and former Marine behind bars Monday.
Five to seven shots rang out. Tiny Condrin's Tavern filled with smoke. Officer Kenneth Farnan placed his gun on top of the bar, "sat back on his bar stool and just stared," the bartender told police.
Officer Farnan's friend lay on the floor, dying of gunshot wounds.
The bartender ran to the bathroom and called 911.
Those details and others were described in court documents filed when officials on Monday charged Officer Farnan, 50, of Lawrenceville, with homicide in the Sunday morning death of Shawn Evans, 56, of Bloomfield.
Officer Farnan, who has been on workers' compensation leave since July 2010, surrendered Monday afternoon to homicide detectives. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail. His attorney, William Difenderfer, declined to comment.
"The suspect is in custody, and a great deal of investigative work remains to be done," Mike Manko, spokesman for the Allegheny County district attorney's office, said in a statement.
Officer Farnan arrived at Condrin's Tavern on Torley Street about 9 p.m. Saturday and drank orange juice and vodka for most of the night, the bartender, who is not named in the criminal complaint, told police. About an hour later, Mr. Evans, a truck driver, arrived, sat next to his longtime friend Officer Farnan and began drinking shots with him.
About 2 a.m., Officer Farnan began resting his head near the bar. Mr. Evans tried to wake him by pushing his head down, according to the complaint, and Officer Farnan asked, "Why did you hit me in the head so hard?"
Officer Farnan, who once trained as a boxer, and Mr. Evans began fighting and fell to the floor. Another bar patron, identified by sources as retired Pittsburgh detective William Hanlon, broke up the fight and went to the bathroom. Mr. Evans also went to the bathroom, where he could be heard complaining that Officer Farnan had bitten him, detectives wrote. Mr. Hanlon could not be reached for comment.
Officer Farnan sat back on his bar stool and the bartender told him it was time to leave and offered to call a cab. Officer Farnan initially agreed to go, then refused, then started researching cabs on his own, the bartender told police.
Mr. Evans returned from the bathroom and confronted Officer Farnan about the biting. The two began fighting and fell to the floor again. Sources said Officer Farnan, who is about 5 feet 8, fell on his back, and Mr. Evans, who is about 6 feet 3, punched him in the head. Officer Farnan was on the ground when he fired, striking Mr. Evans in the torso multiple times and sending a bullet into the ceiling, sources said.
Homicide detectives took numerous witnesses to the bureau's North Side headquarters for questioning Sunday and took blood alcohol tests from Officer Farnan, the results of which were not yet available.
Police released Officer Farnan Sunday while officials reviewed the shooting. Asked why officials waited a day to charge him, Mr. Manko said, "Those items are being addressed as we speak."
Officer Farnan remains a city employee, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said.
Court records show Officer Farnan filed -- and later settled -- a lawsuit against a driver who struck him while he was on duty in Crawford-Roberts in December 2008. In a letter supplied as part of a pretrial statement earlier this year, Patricia Canfield, a doctor, said Officer Farnan underwent neck surgery for his injuries in April 2010 and is "totally disabled from doing police work from the date of the surgery, forward."
Officer Farnan reported owning five handguns and three rifles when he filed for bankruptcy in 2007. Pittsburgh police officers are required to purchase their own guns and thus do not turn them in when they go on workers' compensation leave.
Officer Farnan joined the department in June 1994, after he served in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at the Marine barracks near the airport in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide bomber plowed into the four-story building with explosives Oct. 23, 1983, killing 220 Marines and 21 other service members. He told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2008 that his platoon was in the building at the time and he lost 15 friends in the attack. He suffered shrapnel wounds.
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