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Yakima police trying to learn more of man's death in assault case

Yakima police trying to learn more of man's death in assault case

YAKIMA, Wash. - Police are asking the public for information regarding the death of a 57-year-old man who police said was assaulted outside Corrections Apartments in Yakima.

James Shoemaker died Sunday night after he was beaten in front of the Corrections Transitional Housing at South Naches Avenue, according to the Yakima Police Department (YPD).

The 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 Shoemaker outside the apartments with injuries to his head and body.

YPD Spokesperson Mike Bastinelli said he had been beaten with a metal bat.

Shoemaker was taken to the hospital where he died.

Bastinelli said investigation revealed an altercation had occurred between a man and a woman. "The male is believed to have assaulted the woman several times and there were several other homeless people in the area that jumped in," he said.

Police said they've arrested a 38-year-old homeless man Monday morning and he is being charged with second degree assault.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins says they're examining Shoemaker’s heart tissue and performing a toxicology report to find out what exactly killed him. Hawkins said they should have those results in by next week.

Police are asking anyone with details regarding this incident to call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 800-248-9980. Information may be reported to Crime Stoppers anonymously and may make you eligible for a cash reward.

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