RHINELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - Rhinelander Police confirmed Thursday that a man killed in a bar fight soon after the New Year began was 48-year-old James Tanner of Rhinelander.
Police were called to an altercation at Sackett's Bar in the downtown area shortly after midnight on New Year's Eve. Officers found two men on the floor when they arrived.
Witnesses said Tanner and a 62-year-old Rhinelander man were were having a conversation when Tanner suddenly punched him in the face, and knocked him to the floor.
A karaoke DJ in the bar, a 59-year-old man, then shoved Tanner into the bar. That knocked glass onto the floor, just before Tanner went down.
The other man was treated at a Rhinelander hospital for head injuries, and later released.
Tanner died in an ambulance outside the bar. Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine further action.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)