Police: Bar fight ends in man's death, criminal charges

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Mark Thomas Foster

A confrontation over money at a St. Clair Shores bar patio, ended in a man's death and criminal charges for two other men, police said.

The deadly confrontation took place about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at Kapone's Sports Tavern, on the 24300 block of Harper, said Sgt. James Brueckman of the St. Clair Shores Police Department.

The victim, Eric Hysell, 57, approached the man to whom police said he owed money, Mark Thomas Foster, 55, in the patio area. Police did not know how much money was at issue. 

The two men began pushing and slapping at each other. Then a third man, Andrew Werling, 33, intervened, breaking up the fight.

In the tussle, Foster fell to the ground and Hysell was still standing when Werling punched Hysell in the head, Brueckman said.

Andrew Werling

After being punched, Hysell hit his head on the patio door, or on the doorknob, and became unresponsive. He would never wake up again.

Police arrived and administered CPR; medics arrived and took over the victim's care, transporting Hysell to the hospital.

Hysell was put into a medically-induced coma Thursday. Saturday night, just before 10 p.m., he was taken off life support. He is an organ donor, Brueckman said. 

Werling and Foster both face charges in the incident. Foster is charged with assault and battery. Werling is charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder, but Brueckman said police will seek to amend the charge to manslaughter now that Hysell has died. The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office will make the decision on charges.

Werling was given a bond of $100,000, and has an additional bond of $1,074 due to an unrelated child support case, Macomb County Jail record show. He's still in jail. Jail records to not show that Foster is still an inmate.