No charges in fatal Wis. bar fight

  • Associated Press
  • January 16, 2014 - 4:30 PM

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

Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek (sheek) 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."

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