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Man arrested in North Shore bar fight after allegedly assaulting officer

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Monday, December 17, 2018 6:51 a.m

A McKees Rocks man who allegedly assaulted a Pittsburgh police officer during a fight at a North Shore bar was released from jail on his own recognizance Monday morning, court documents show.

Police say Ryan Brophy, 29, attempted to choke and punch the officer after he was kicked out of McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon on Sunday night.

He faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkeness, according to court documents.

Officer Christopher Miller had been working an approved city detail at the bar when he and Sgt. Thomas Gault were notified of a fight inside the bar where a woman had been knocked unconscious.

The two officers went inside, and Miller saw Brophy fighting with a security guard who was trying to remove Brophy from the bar, police said.

Once outside, Brophy was pushed to the ground, but stood up in an aggressive manner towards the security guard and began to walk towards him.

When Miller identified himself as a police officer and tried to push Brophy away from the doorway, Brophy allegedly grabbed Miller by the throat and choked him, police said. He also screamed, swore and attempted to punch Miller when Miller tried to arrest him.

Miller, with the help of Pittsburgh Paramedic Jeff Vesci, was eventually able to take Brophy into custody. Brophy refused medical attention and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

Gault went back inside the bar to care for the unconscious woman. While doing so, he was approached by Cristian Melecio, who told Gault that Kayla Brophy was his girlfriend and a security guard had punched her.

As medics were attempting to treat Kayla Brophy, Melecio repeatedly tried to get to her and was interfering with the treatment, police said. He was asked to stop, and was arrested when he didn’t, police said.

Police didn’t indicate whether the two Brophy’s were related.

Gault reviewed video after the scene was secure.

According to police, the video showed Ryan Brophy being escorted from the bar. When he got near the front door, Brophy turned around and began to fight with security. As Brophy was fighting, both Melecio and Kayla Brophy began pulling at security in an attempt to stop Ryan Brophy from being kicked out of the bar.

As security took Ryan Brophy to the ground, Kayla Brophy came over and was pulling at security, police said. In response, McFadden Security Guard Jamar Terry struck Kayla Brophy in face with what appeared to be an open hand, knocking her unconscious. Terry also swung at Melecio, but did not make contact, police said.

Kayla Brophy was taken to Allegheny General Hospital. Melecio was released from the scene. Both will be cited for their part in the incident, police said.

Police also plan to file a warrant charging Jamar Terry with simple assault.

A preliminary hearing for Ryan Brophy is scheduled for 8 a.m. Dec. 26.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702,, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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