The death of 25-year-old Steven A. Sherlock of Fair Lawn following a fight outside of Duffy’s Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day is being investigated by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
Sherlock died early Sunday morning, authorities said. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center following a fight at the bar on River Street for an evaluation.
Police were dispatched to Duffy’s Bar and Tavern at around 2:44 a.m. on report of a fight outside the bar. A large crowd was outside the bar. Police were told Sherlock was involved in a physical altercation with a man and his girlfriend.
Sherlock and the couple remained at the scene. All three were taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Police relinquished custody for Sherlock to receive treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4 a.m., authorities said.
The bar where the fight took place is owned by Passaic County Freeholder Terry Duffy.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident.
The investigation is being conducted in accordance with a new law that requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.