Wisconsin man claims self-defense in fatal fight with 79-year-old in Menards lot
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Russell Paulson (L), Matthew Kinstler (R)

via WITI:

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WITI) -- A fatal altercation in the parking lot of a Menards store in La Crosse has resulted in reckless homicide charges.

Matthew Kinstler, 50, is being held in the death of 79-year-old Russell Paulson. Kinstler was charged Monday with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to a criminal complaint, Kinstler accused Paulson of dinging his SUV in the Menards parking lot May 1, began yelling at him and tipped the cowboy hat off his head.

Paulson slapped Kinstler, who then took Paulson’s walking stick and struck him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, the complaint said.

Police arrived to find Paulson bleeding from his head, ear and mouth, the La Crosse Tribune reported. He died at Mayo Clinic Health System May 4.

Kinstler told police he acted in self-defense.

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