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Early morning fight in Midtown leaves man dead

An early morning fight in Midtown on St. Patrick’s Day has left a man dead.

Around 1 a.m. on March 17, police, firefighters and medics responded to the corner of 18th and P streets in Midtown. They arrived to find a man on the ground and a bystander giving him CPR. According to radio reports, the victim had suffered head trauma, did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

The intersection of 18th and P streets was shut down in all directions for several hours while crime scene investigators and homicide detectives collected evidence, talked with witnesses and sorted out the facts. 

Update: The press release from the Sacramento Police Department: 

On Sunday, March 17, 2013, at approximately 12:48 a.m., the Sacramento Police Department responded to the area of 18th Street and P Street regarding a report of a subject who was bleeding. Officers arrived and found witnesses administering CPR to the male victim in his twenties.

At this time it is believed that a physical altercation occurred between the victim and three adult males, near or on the sidewalk of 18th Street. During the incident the victim sustained traumatic injuries to his head prompting a witness to call police. Responding officers performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital by ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Sacramento Police Homicide Detectives and CSI were called out to assist with the investigation. It is unknown at this time what prompted the deadly fight between the suspects and the victim and this investigation is ongoing.

Detectives believe that multiple witnesses may have seen the altercation and are asked to please notify police with any information regarding this incident. Detectives are currently reviewing area surveillance video, as well as video from nearby businesses, in an attempt to identify the subjects involved.

The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact the Communications Center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES). Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. 

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  • This is just so heartbreaking. I just met this Josiah on Saturday. Spoke of him throughout the week not knowing this happened until yesterday.

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