Carmel man's death ruled homicide after May fight at Chatterbox bar


August 14, 2015 update:

The death of a man following a bar fight in May has been ruled a homicide.

Michael Lanter, 31, died after falling and hitting his head during a scuffle at the Chatterbox bar on Massachusetts Avenue.

The coroner ruled the cause of death was a ruptured brain aneurysm following blunt force trauma. Police questioned the other person involved in the fight, but prosecutors were waiting for the autopsy results before deciding on any possible charges.

In May, Indianapolis Metro Police said they knew who was involved in the bar fight, but did not release the man's name.

Police were called to the Chatterbox and found Lanter unresponsive on the ground. He was resuscitated by emergency personnel and taken to the hospital where he later died.

The person involved in the fight left the bar before police arrived.

Lanter's family issued a statement following the deadly fight, saying:

"Michael Lanter's family continues to grieve the loss of Michael and requests that the public respect their privacy during this difficult time. The family remains focused on organizing funeral arrangements and church services for Michael. Until the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department completes its investigation into the unprovoked attack on Michael, the family will not have any further comment."

Lanter worked for Goldman Sachs for four years in its Investment Management Division. A spokesman tells us he left the company in 2011.

In a statement on social media, the owner of the Chatterbox said "We are very sorry that this man lost his life....our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends over their loss."

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made to the Carmel High School football program.