LIGONIER, Pa. -- Police said an argument stemming over what to watch on television led to a fatal shooting in a Ligonier, Westmoreland County, restaurant and bar.
Donald Holler, 65, was found shot to death when police arrived at Fat Daddy's Place on West Loyalhanna Street early Monday evening.
Patrons told police that the shooting started over an argument about what was on the bar's television.
According to police, Holler got into an argument with Stephen Fromholz.
Channel 4 Action News' Jennifer Miele reported that police said Fromholz is an Army veteran who asked patrons at the pub to change the channel when a story about the Iraq war came on the news.
Police said Holler, who was holding the remote, refused. Police say that's when Fromholz went outside to his car, retrieved the gun, and staggered back through the dining room before opening fire.
Patrons said the pub is a family-friendly place where everyone knows your name.
"Every once in a while, as you all know, we have these unfortunate incidents," Ligonier Police Chief John Berger said.
The chief was able to arrive at the pub just 20 seconds after the shooting happened.
"I had some patrons out in front of the restaurant, as I was positioning the vehicle for my safety, motioning me to come in, that they were detaining a subject," Berger said.
Police said there were about 15 people inside, standing nearby at the time of the shooting.
According to the criminal complaint, when Berger went to handcuff Fromholz, the suspect said, "I shot the guy" and asked Berger to shoot him.
The victim was found with a fatal gunshot wound behind the bar, police said.
"He (the shooter) had an argument with this individual. He left, he came back in and he had a gun," Berger said.
Officers said two patrons were able to grab the shooter's gun and detain him.
"They may have helped the situation tonight. No one knows what the intention of this individual was," Berger said.
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