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Milwaukee polka bar owner fatal shoots one of three attempted robbers

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A well-known polka bar in Milwaukee will be open for business Friday night, after the owner shot and killed one of three people who tried to rob the place Thursday night.

Police said 3 suspects held up the Concertina Beer Hall at gunpoint when two customers were inside.

Owner Andy Kochanski grabbed his gun from behind the bar and killed a 23-year-old man. Police said the other two suspects ran away.

Kochanski told reporters he did what he had to do – and he pleaded to people on Facebook not to stay away from his establishment because of what happened. Kochanski said the robbery attempt could have happened anywhere and, “You should always feel safe here.”

Officials say Kochanski is cooperating with the investigation, and prosecutors will review the incident in the next few days.

In 2008, Kochanski wounded a would-be robber when his place was hosting a Christmas party.

Kochanski is a former arborist for the city of Milwaukee, and former paid on-call firefighter in suburban St. Francis.