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Damien Barber was in Dauphin County Prison Wednesday Nov. 10, 2021 in connection with the death of Jamie Bey.
Harrisburg police charged a 37-year-old man with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Jamie Bey, who was struck by a stray bullet fired during a fist fight inside a bar.
Damien J. Barber, of Harrisburg, also was charged with illegal gun possession, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and tampering with evidence in connection with the Oct. 25 shooting at Al’s Café in midtown.
Police say he threw the gun off Interstate 83 into the Susquehanna River after the shooting at 268 Verbeke Street as he was driving to a relative’s home in Manchester.
Court records released Wednesday, after Barber surrendered to police, gave this account:
A man punched Barber without provocation, knocking Barber to the floor, according to video surveillance from inside the bar. The man got on top of Barber and continued to punch him.
That’s when a gun fell out of Barber’s jacket right pocket. Barber grabbed the gun and so did the other man and they struggled over the weapon.
The gun discharged, striking Bey in the upper left torso. She had been seated at the bar, playing a game of chance She was not involved in the altercation in any way.
She stumbled out a side door and immediately collapsed as other patrons scrambled to safety.
Video surveillance showed the other man and patrons frantically running out of the bar. Barber then stood up with a gun in his right hand and walked toward the front door, before doubling back and leaving out the same side door as Bey.
Police said Barber is not allowed to possess a gun because of prior felony convictions in 2008 and 2001. He did not have the gun in holster, but instead had it concealed in his pocket, but did not have a permit, according to court records.
Barber met with detectives Oct. 29, four days after the shooting, and told police he “in no way intended to shoot Ms. Bey the night of the incident and claims he did not hear the firearm discharge.”
According to Pa. law, a person is guilty of involuntary manslaughter when as a direct result of the doing of a lawful or unlawful act in a reckless or grossly negligent manner, they cause the death of another person. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. The two weapon charges filed against Barber are felonies and the tampering charge is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Bey was the mother of four children. She had been attending a birthday party at the bar with her grandmother and friends.
No charges have been filed against the other man involved in the fight.
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