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Yakima man who died from injuries was assaulting a woman, YPD says

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Many of those involved are homeless, the victim was a resident of the Connections Transitional Housing. Many of those involved are homeless, the victim was a resident of the Connections Transitional Housing.

7-16-18 UPDATE:

YAKIMA, WA - Based on new information obtained by Yakima Police Department detectives, the death of a 57-year old man who died last night is not being ruled a homicide at this time.

The man died after he was assaulted by several people attempting to stop him from assaulting a woman. Preliminary autopsy results are inconclusive, but did rule out head trauma as a cause of death. The actual cause of death is still to be determined, so therefore no murder charges will be filed at this time.

"Several of them jumped in to try and stop the assault," said Mike Bastinelli with the Yakima Police Department. "That's when we believe that a weapon was used and it appears it was some sort of baton that was used to stop the man from assaulting the woman."

The 38-year-old man arrested this morning in connection with the incident will be charged with 2nd degree-assault and not 2nd degree-murder as reported earlier.

Yakima Police Detectives continue to investigate the incident and are currently looking for a second suspect.

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7-16-18 ORIGINAL STORY:

YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Police are investigating a homicide after a domestic violence call Sunday night.

When officers arrived they found a 57-year-old man with injuries to his head. This call came in from the 100 Block of South Naches Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The responding officers believe he had been hit with a baton or baseball bat and needed attention from doctors. Medics took him to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

Several witnesses reported he was hitting a woman in front of the apartment and several of them tried to break it up. Detectives were called to the scene to follow up and get more information on a suspect or suspects.

Many of those involved are homeless; the victim was a resident of the Connections Transitional Housing.

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