PAINESVILLE -- A Mentor man was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center after a fight in a Mentor Avenue restuarant and is listed in critical condition.
About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the Lake County Sheriffs' deputies were called to the Harry Buffalo at 2119 Mentor Avenue for a report of a large fight in progress at the restaurant.
Witnesses said the fight originated inside the restaurant/bar between several customers and moved out into the parking lot with several of the men still fighting.
Deputies found several people in the parking lot yelling and screaming and a man on the ground in the parking lot bleeding profusely from the back of the head with serious visible injuries.
The man was unresponsive and EMS was called.
Police identified the man as Jeremy A. Blanchette, 27, of Mentor.
EMS took him to Tri-Point Medical Center in Concord Township then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland where he is listed in critical condition.
Deputies say the investigation reveals so far that Blanchette had just arrived at the Harry Buffalo in his vehicle with two friends when he saw the fight in progress.
Witnesses say Blanchette tried to intervene in the fight and in the process was either assaulted or knocked to the ground, where he sustained his injuries.
Police say additional witness accounts stated that there was a verbal argument between two groups of men inside the bar which escalated into a physical fight which later moved out into the parking lot.
Several of the men involved in the fight had minor injuries however none of them were taken to the hospital.
The incident is still under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office and anyone with information relevant to this incident is urged to contact the Detective Bureau at (440) 350-5521.