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Man banned from bar is fatally shot in fight there

The Temple Terrace man, who had been banned from the bar, argued with a bartender's husband.

By MELIA BOWIE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 30, 2002


TAMPA -- A 46-year-old Temple Terrace man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon outside a Waters Avenue bar when a fight he picked with a patron turned deadly.

Management at the Chug-A-Lug Pub at 1210 W Waters Ave. banned Michael Lee Allen of Bay Hill Drive from the bar in 1999, authorities said.

But Saturday afternoon Allen showed up looking for a drink and a fight. He got both before he was killed by Jimmy Ray Barnett, 55, of North Rome Avenue in Tampa, police said.

Barnett was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting.

"Witnesses told us (Allen) was very aggressive; he's picking fights," said Joe Durkin, Tampa police spokesman. "One of the guys he confronts is (Barnett) who told him several times: "Leave me alone.' "

Barnett was there with his wife, a bartender at the pub who refused to serve Allen, although another patron already bought him one drink, police said.

Followed by Allen, Barnett left the bar and walked outside to his pickup, reached into the passenger side and pulled out a .357-caliber Magnum.

"He puts it to (Allen's) neck area and tells him to back up," Durkin said.

At first he did, then "supposedly Allen starts charging him again."

Barnett fired two shots and at least one struck Barnett in the chest, police said.

Late Saturday, Allen's friends and family members gathered across the street from the Chug-A-Lug. They described him as a generous man and called the shooting unnecessary and senseless.

"He would give you the shirt off his back," said Stormy Park, a friend who said Allen was a father of three and a house painter by trade.

"These are rough people and rough bars," she said. "His mouth was bigger than anything, but he'd never hurt nobody. He had one enemy and that was alcohol."

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