UPDATE: No charges in fatal Wis. bar fight

UPDATED Thursday, January 16, 2014 --- 4:31 p.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities have decided no charges will be filed in a fatal New Year's bar fight in Rhinelander.

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek said Thursday the evidence does not support criminal charges.

Forty-eight-year-old James Tanner of Rhinelander died early Jan. 1 after part of his broken sternum punctured his heart.

Police say a disc jockey had pushed Tanner into a bar at Sackett's Bar. The push came after Tanner had punched another man in the face.

Schiek says the DJ gave Tanner a "bear hug" from behind to stop him from leaving the bar, continuing his assault or assaulting anyone else. Tanner eventually landed on the floor, and the DJ asked a bartender to call police.

WAOW-TV reports the prosecutor concluded Tanner's death resulted from a "tragic set of events."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 --- 7:24 a.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- Rhinelander police are investigating a bar fight that turned deadly.

Family members tell WJFW-TV the man who died at Sackett's bar early Wednesday is 48-year-old Jim Tanner of Rhinelander. A second man was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. Police haven't said how the fight started. Investigators continue to interview witnesses.

An autopsy is expected to be done Thursday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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