Cherokee County

Man dead after brawl breaks out at popular sports bar, police say

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a man died after a brawl broke out at a popular Canton restaurant and bar Friday night.

The fight broke out around 10:19 p.m. at the Canton Icehouse in Cherokee County.

Channel 2's Michael Seiden talked to a witness who didn't want to appear on camera. He told Seiden he was sitting at the bar with his close friend and co-worker, Leon Danzis, when a stranger with a pool cue started to attack the two men.

That attacker hit Danzis in the head with the pool stick.

The witness was treated in the emergency room for a concussion and broken ribs.

Danzis, 45, died at the hospital after police found him with life-threatening injuries.

The witness told Seiden his friend was the victim of a completely random act of violence.

Police are still working to figure out who was involved in the brawl. Multiple other people were hurt in the chaos that ensued, the witness said.


The witness is hoping police will review the surveillance video inside the bar and identify the suspects he claims are responsible for the attack.

The witness said he hopes people remember Danzis as a hardworking dad.

Seiden tried to talk to restaurant management, but they declined, citing the ongoing investigation.

Canton police told Seiden they are waiting on autopsy results to determine exactly how Danzis died and they are still interviewing witnesses.