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Police say a man is dead after bystanders try to stop an assault

Police say a man is dead after bystanders try to stop an assault

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Yakima Police Department (YPD) says the death of a man at South Naches Avenue is now not being ruled as a homicide.

YPD said they received calls of a man beating up a woman around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

When police arrived at the scene, they said they found a 57-year-old man outside Connections Apartments with injuries to his head and body.

YPD Spokesperson Mike Bastinelli said the man was beaten with a baton and taken to the hospital where he died.

"Our investigation revealed that there was some sort of altercation between the male and female," Bastinelli said. "The male believed to assaulted the woman several times and there were several other homeless people in the area that jumped in."

Police said at this time they are not investigating the man's death as a homicide.

However, police said they arrested a 38-year-old homeless man Monday morning and he is being charged with second degree assault. They said they are still searching for a second suspect.

"They were trying to stop him from beating up the woman and that's when he received the injuries which he subsequently died from," he said.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said the autopsy is pending and homicide shouldn't be ruled out.

"Soon as I get my toxicology report and the doctor makes the examination of the heart, it's pending for now," Hawkins said.

He said the test results should come back by the end of next week.

Hawkins said they are not releasing the man's name at this time.

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