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Superior man's death outside bar appears accidental, police say

The death of a Superior man who fell and hit his head after being pushed outside Les Birds Bar on Saturday appears to be accidental, according to Superior police.

The death of a Superior man who fell and hit his head after being pushed outside Les Birds Bar on Saturday appears to be accidental, according to Superior police.

Officers from the Superior Police Department along with Emergency Medical Services were dispatched to Les Birds Bar, 5801 Tower Ave., about 11:55 p.m. on a call that a man had fallen and hit his head, according to a press release by Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor. Upon arrival at the bar, officers found the male, a 54-year-old Superior resident, on the ground outside the bar unconscious.

Patrons at the bar stated the man had come into the bar, appeared intoxicated, was acting strangely and talking gibberish. The bartender asked the man to leave the bar.

Upon exiting the bar, the man encountered a number of bar patrons who were outside smoking and began acting aggressively toward the other patrons.

The man then allegedly placed his hands on one of the other patrons. That patron, a 28-year-old Superior resident, pushed the older man, who stumbled backwards and tripped over a curb, striking his head on the pavement and becoming unconscious.

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Bar patrons attempted to revive the man and called 911, La Lor said.

The man was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth and underwent surgery for a fractured skull and internal brain injuries.

Superior police were notified Sunday morning that the man had died about 10 a.m., La Lor said. Preliminary autopsy results indicate the manner of death was accidental.

The department has conducted a number of interviews of other patrons of the establishment, as well as witnesses to the push that ended with the 54-year-old man tripping and striking his head. The department has learned that the man had been kicked out of a number of other bars in the area due to his intoxication and what was described as "odd" behavior.

La Lor said he doesn't expect that criminal charges will be filed. However, following standard department practice, the case will be forwarded when complete to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office for review.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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