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Police Investigating After Man in Bar Fight Dies

Paul Edward Weaver was pronounced dead at Peachtree Hospice on Monday evening.
FORT SMITH, AR (KNWA) - One man is dead and another behind bars after a fight is caught on camera at a nightclub.

On Monday morning around 7:24 a.m., Fort Smith Police responded to a call of a "subject down" at Towson Ave. and South “D” Street. Officers say they found Paul Edward Weaver, 38, lying on the ground and covered by a blanket. Weaver appeared to have a minor facial injury, but was unresponsive and was taken to Sparks Hospital where he was diagnosed as being in critical condition, according to police.

Members of the Criminal Investigations Unit joined the investigation on the scene where a close friend of Weaver’s claimed he had been with him earlier in the evening at a local bar. The friend reported to officers that Weaver had been involved in a fight while inside the bar with Dustin Bryant Smith, 29, according to reports.

Weaver was pronounced dead at Peachtree Hospice at 8:45 p.m. Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Smith was arrested after investigators said he admitted to punching Weaver one time after "being approached aggressively." Police were also able to get security video of the fight from the club.

The case is still under investigation, and police are looking for other witnesses.

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