Clearwater Beach, Florida -- A bar struggle turns deadly in Clearwater Beach early Monday morning.
51-year-old David McTamney died shortly after being forced into a Brown Boxer Bar's bouncer's aggressive hold just after midnight.
"It was tight hold and then he lost consciousness at some point, possibly having a cardiac arrest," said Clearwater Police spokesman, Rob Shaw.
"We don't know if his death was a result of the altercation at the bar; we'll wait on the medical examiner to decide how he died."
Shaw said McTamney was drinking too much and acting in a disorderly fashion. He was asked to leave and was about to and then refused to leave.
"First I am told he started to go willingly, but then but then he was fighting again with the bouncer. And that is when the bouncer wrapped him up in some type of hold and that is when they ended up barreling out of the door and onto the ground."
Shaw said there were about 20 witnesses and detectives have interviewed seven of them for their investigation. McTamney died at Morton Plant Hospital an hour after the bar struggle, right before 1:30 a.m.
Debbie and Chuck Thompson frequent the Brown Boxer bar and were shocked to hear of the roughness.
"I am surprised about that type of disruption here because there is never any of that," said Debbie Thompson. "I always feel safe here and I come alone and feel secure. I am sure the bouncer did what he had to do to protect the customers."
McTamney lived in Clearwater Beach condo, and had other residences in Pennsylvania.
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