Former DPD, Westland cop fatally shoots man in Florida bar, calls police on himself

Brian Mytych charged with first-degree murder


OLDSMAR, Fla. – A former police officer for the Detroit Police Department and Westland Police Department was charged with fatally shooting a man at a bar in Oldsmar, Florida.

Brian Mytych was a Detroit police officer for five years before leaving DPD to become an officer in Westland. After 13 years as a police officer in Westland, Mytych left because of an off-duty medical issue around two years ago, Westland police said.

"Because of his off-duty medical issue, he was no longer able to perform his duties as a police officer," Westland police said in a statement. "Approximately three months ago, his employment was officially terminated with the Westland Police Department for this reason."

Police said Mytych, 43, shot and killed an employee around 1 a.m. Wednesday at Hennessy's Bar and Grill at 127 Forest Lakes Boulevard in Oldsmar, Florida.

Police were called to the scene at 1:07 a.m. and found an employee, David Brown, 33, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mytych was still at the bar and admitted to shooting Brown, police said. A .45 caliber handgun was found in the bar.

Detectives said police were called to the same bar on Feb. 6, after Mytych and Brown were involved in a fight. Mytych was given a trespass warning from the bar and told to leave the property but refused, police said. Mytych was allegedly drunk and was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

Witnesses said Mytych returned to the bar in the early morning Wednesday and was told to leave because of the trespass warning. Mytych left the bar, returned shortly after and shot Brown multiple times with a handgun, police said.

After the shooting, Mytych allegedly told the people in the bar to leave and called 911 to report the shooting.

Mytych was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail. He is charged with one count of first-degree murder.