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Man Dies After Confrontation Outside The Northern Gentleman's Club

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Their job is difficult, keeping the intoxicated in line, but where do you draw the line between your own safety and hurting others? It's a question raised after a man died from injuries after being pushed by a bar employee. That confrontation happened outside The Northern Gentleman's Club on April 13th. Employees say 38-year-old Chris Barr was being disruptive so they kicked him out. They say he later came back, allegedly tried to hit an employee, who shoved him to the ground. Barr died on Tuesday after being in a coma for weeks. And in this case, self defense could be a deciding factor.

A night of fun out on the town fueled by alcohol can easily turn into chaos. Which is why bar employees have a difficult task.
 
Deputy Chief Pat Claus of the Fargo Police Department says, "We have altercations on a fairly routine basis. We end up with bar fights and mutual combat situations all the time."

But a month ago, an altercation at outside the Northern Gentleman's Club ended  up being more serious than your average bar fight.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus says, "They don't of course end up at this level."

38-year-old Chris Barr was kicked out of the bar, but eventually came back. Employees say he allegedly tried to hit a worker, who then shoved Barr to the ground, causing a head injury. He was taken to a hospital, but over the past two weeks, his condition worsened, putting him in a coma, and on Tuesday he died.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus says, "Determine manner and if there is any indication of criminal involvement in that death."

Claus says while the ending is tragic, depending on the situation, the employee may not be in the wrong.

Deputy Chief Pat Claus says, "the difference between an injury that sends somebody home with a cut on their head or to a hospital or in some cases to their death is a matter is how they feel, how they were struck, how much force was used."

Claus says the investigation is ongoing and they still have a lot of details to comb through.He says they are asking people who may have seen the incident happen to call them. Also, there is the possibility the bar has surveillance video to watch. Even before Chris Barr's death, the family hired their own investigator to look into the case. For now, they planning his funeral.

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A night out at a Fargo bar turns deadly after  a man was pushed and hit his head on the ground. It happened April 13th outside The Northern Gentleman's Club in North Fargo. 38-year-old Chris Barr died on Tuesday after spending weeks in a coma. And after no police report being filed from the initial incident, an investigation is now taking place.

Based on the events that lead to Barr's injury that night, police say they were following normal protocol and did not file a report. Employees told police that earlier in the night, Barr had been disruptive and they kicked him out. Later in the night, he came back and allegedly tried to hit one of the workers, who says, in self defense, then pushed Barr, resulting in his head injury. When an ambulance got there, they say Barr coherent and talking to responders, but was not cooperating and did not tell them details of his injury. So they took him to the hospital and filed the incident as a "medical assist". But now that Barr has died -- police are investigating.

Deputy Chief Pat Clause says, "The difference between an injury that sends somebody home with a cut on their head or to a hospital or in some cases to their death is a matter is how they feel, how they were struck, how much force was used."

Deputy Chief Claus says bar fights are very common, but it's rare that the injuries result in a person dying. Claus also says the family has hired an investigator who has been in contact with police about the case. For now, family members are planning Barr's funeral. Anyone who may have seen this incident happen on April 13th is being asked to call police.

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