ATF agent charged after melee in bar 20 to 30 people involved in brawl BALTIMORE CITY

April 13, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

An ATF agent remains on duty pending an investigation into a brawl in a South Baltimore bar that involved about 30 people including the agent and members of his family, the head of the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said yesterday.

The agent was identified as Kevin Patrick McCann, 23, of the 7900 block of Marfield Place in Parkville. He was charged with disorderly conduct and failing to obey the lawful order of a police officer.

Police say they were called to the bar after a man, later identified as Mr. McCann, brandished a 9 mm service pistol in the bar.

The agent was disarmed after city police used pepper spray on him, police added.

Mr. McCann, his father, two brothers and two other people were arrested in connection with the fight, which erupted about 11:15 p.m. Saturday at Rio Loco, a tavern in the 1000 block of S. Charles St.

Margaret Moore, special agent in charge of the local ATF office, said Mr. McCann will remain on "full duty status" while the brawl is investigated.

When city police arrived at Rio Loco, they found "20 to 30 people actively fighting inside the bar," said Capt. Howard Parrott, of the Southern District police station.

Two city police officers tried to quell the disturbance by using pepper spray on agent McCann and his family members. But the fight spilled out to the sidewalk where a crowd of between 75 and 100 people had gathered, some of whom joined the melee, Captain Parrott said.

The ATF agent's father, Edmund McCann, 47, and brother Daniel McCann, 20, were charged with aggravated assault. Another of the agent's brothers, Michael R. McCann, was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer.

The agent's father and his brothers live in Upper Saddle River, N.J., police said.

Also arrested were Jerry Rowan, 36, of the 300 block of Russell St., and David Doyle, of the 10000 block of Daventry Way, Cockeysville, city police said. Both were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer.

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