Witnesses sought in assault of WSU faculty member

PULLMAN — Pullman police Monday investigated a beating that put a Washington State University faculty member in the hospital with a serious head injury.

The disturbance early Saturday morning occurred in a parking lot near the campus.

David Warner, 41, an American studies instructor, was found unconscious in the parking lot and taken to Pullman Regional Hospital. He was later transferred to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, where he was reported in critical condition with a head injury.

Police were checking surveillance video and looking for witnesses who may have seen Warner or who might be able to identify others in the video, Pullman Police Sgt. Dan Dornes told the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Dornes said police believe two groups of people were involved in the altercation: Warner and a 31-year-old friend, and a group of four to six other suspects. He said Warner may have been trying to intervene to prevent a physical altercation.

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