By Associated Press - Sunday, July 5, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Police say that a fight over proper American flag etiquette prompted a scuffle that left a man facing life-threatening injuries.

The Coloradoan reports ( that Fort Collins police are blaming an alcohol-fueled pool party fight for the Saturday afternoon incident.

Police said the scuffle followed an argument about the precedence of the flag. Someone punched 25-year-old Todd Hesser in the face, causing him to fall and hit the concrete.

Hesser was in critical condition Saturday night.

At least seven patrol units from Fort Collins police responded to help with crowd control and interview witnesses. As of Saturday evening, no arrests had been made, though police had identified a 20-year-old suspect.

An investigation is ongoing into who started the fight and whether charges will be filed.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

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