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Police investigate death of man outside Fargo strip club

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FARGO -- Police are investigating the death of a man who died this week after hitting his head in a scuffle with an employee at a strip club last month.

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Deputy Chief Pat Claus said Friday that police were called for a medical assist April 13 at the Northern Gentleman’s Club. Officers found Christopher Barr, 38, of Devils Lake, who Claus said was alert and conscious. Claus said Barr was uncooperative and wouldn’t officers what led to the injury.

Barr was taken to Sanford Medical Center. Claus said Barr died Tuesday, and his body was sent to the North Dakota state medical examiner for an autopsy, the results of which police haven’t yet received.

Claus said Northern employees told police that Barr had been disruptive and was escorted out. Club staff reported that Barr returned and confronted an employee outside in the parking lot. The employee claimed to have pushed Barr in self-defense, after which he fell and hit his head. No report was taken at the time, Claus said, because Barr was unwilling to cooperate.

Claus said the case is being treated as an unattended death, and that police are working to determine the means and manner of death, as well as whether there are any allegations of a crime having been committed.

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