Man Suffers Severe Injuries After Trying To Break Up Fight

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities family says it’ll take a miracle for their son to survive a devastating blow to the head.

Thirty-one-year-old Scott Bazille was punched early Sunday morning when he tried breaking up a fight. He fell and hit his head on concrete. He’s now recovering at Mercy Hospital.

Bazille had his second surgery on Monday to reduce swelling on his brain. He’s still unconscious in the hospital, and the next 24 to 48 hours are critical.

He was injured early Sunday morning at a home in Oak Grove in Anoka County. There was a birthday party for someone turning 30 at the home, and friends gathered for a toast. They just never expected the fight that would follow, and that Bazille would suffer serious injuries.

“Doctors told us they did not know if he was going to survive this particular set of injuries or not,” said Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

Bazille tried breaking-up an argument between two men, when one of them punched him.

Deputies were told that Bazille was “out cold” and then started convulsing, the criminal complaint said.

Deputies arrested Beau John Carlstrom of Coon Rapids for throwing the punch. He’s in the Anoka County jail and was charged late Monday with first degree assault.

Paramedics rushed Bazille to Mercy Hospital, where doctors performed emergency brain surgery.

Bazille’s father said that the family is crossing their fingers.

“We’re praying for a miracle,” he said.

Bazille was married six months ago. His family has been gathering at the hospital. They feel good about small movements he’s made with his arms and feet.


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