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Argument in parking lot of popular Beltline bar leads to assault, Atlanta police say

ATLANTA — An altercation over a parking space at a popular Atlanta bar and restaurant turned physical, according to Atlanta police.

On Jan. 28, 66-year-old Billy Fields got into a physical altercation with two men, identified as Reed Russo and 27-year-old Preston Howard, in the parking lot of Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall on the Atlanta Beltline.

Fields told police he approached Reed after he saw him banging on the car window of Fields’ relative and being ‘aggressive over a parking space,’ according to a police report. Fields said he tried to de-escalate this situation, and Reed kept cursing at Fields’ relative.

Eventually, Howard jumped into the altercation after he said he saw Fields hit Reed, the police report says.

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Reed was not on the scene when APD arrived.

Fields had a laceration on his eye and was treated for it, according to police. Police did not specify any other injuries suffered during this incident.

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Police said that cameras were able to capture the incident, but they were unable to obtain that footage.

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