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Florida pub owner shot by SWAT during standoff

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David Harris
Orlando Sentinel

A SWAT officer shot the owner of a Longwood pub who had barricaded himself inside with a gun Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Police received a 911 call and hangup about 3 p.m. and responded to Connolly’s Irish Pub on Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Church Avenue, Cpl. Adam Bryant said.

When officers arrived, bar owner Leonard Nolan was inside with a gun and refused to come out, Bryant said. A SWAT team was called to assist.

Deputies said Nolan pointed his gun at officers, and a SWAT member fired several shots through a window. A shot struck Nolan, who was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Officers used a battering ram to break through the door and get Nolan out.

No one else was injured, and Nolan was alone inside the bar.

Connolly’s opens at 3 p.m., according to the hours listed online. At 3:05 p.m., someone tweeted from the pub’s Twitter account and said the bar would be closed Monday for “maintenance.”

Crime-scene tape blocked off the area surrounding the pub Monday night, and SunRail trains in the area were running behind schedule because of the police activity.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting. The officer will be on administrative leave, which is typical, authorities said.

Nolan is expected to face criminal charges.

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