Five Adults Charged in Fight During Basketball Game

Counts don't involve death of one of the brawl participants
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2023 12:05 PM CST
Updated Apr 22, 2023 11:20 AM CDT
Man Dies After Brawl at Middle School Basketball Game
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UPDATE Apr 22, 2023 11:20 AM CDT

Five adults have been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a brawl during a middle school basketball game, Vermont State Police said, but they won't face charges related to the death of a 60-year-old man two hours later. Russell Giroux, who was involved in the fight, had an acute cardiac event, the AP reports. The manner of death will be listed as "undetermined." The men due to be arraigned May 11 range in age from 24 to 43. Police said they watched multiple videos of the Jan. 31 brawl.

Feb 1, 2023 12:05 PM CST

A 60-year-old man died after tempers boiled over and a fight ensued at a middle school basketball game in Vermont, authorities say. State troopers were called to the Alburgh Community Education Center in Alburgh, northern Vermont, Tuesday night by somebody who said a large fight was happening, CBS Sports reports. Police say 60-year-old Russell Giroux, a participant in the brawl, asked to be taken to the hospital and was pronounced dead at the Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. The state medical examiner's office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The death is being investigated by state police and the Grand Isle County state’s attorney’s office, the AP reports. Police say the brawl happened at a seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball game between Alburgh and St. Albans, WCAX reports. By the time officers arrived, the fight was over and many participants had left. WCAX says a viewer sent in video of the brawl, showing punches being thrown and people being shoved and tackled.

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