Tunkhannock Borough Police are investigating a series of altercations early Saturday morning both inside and outside of the Warren Hotel in Tunkhannock, with one man found outside later dying at a hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
Borough Police Chief Keith Carpenter cautioned, however, that Nathion Robert Schmidt, 34, of Waverly, Mo., did not appear to have been involved in any of the altercations but was found outside the 54 Warren Street establishment around 1 a.m., Saturday, with severe head trauma as a result of a fall on the ice and then transported by Tunkhannock Community Ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital where he died Sunday.
“He wasn’t physically involved in an altercation,” Chief Carpenter said.
Another individual, whom Carpenter called a victim, was taken to Community Medical Center in Scranton and subsequently released.
Chief Carpenter said that more information and details of the cause of death for Schmdt will be available upon completion of a full medical evaluation, and conclusion of the investigation at a later date.
Wyoming County Chief Detective David Ide confirmed the death and altercations as two separate incidents, and noted an autopsy would take place Tuesday afternoon.