The murder of the 55-year-old in Uptown New Orleans on Friday night may have been a justifiable homicide, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Police responded to the call of a “male down” in the 1300 block of General Odgen Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. Whey they arrived, they found a man unresponsive with his face down to the ground.
He was transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.
During the course of investigation, detectives learned that the victim and his 25-year-old girlfriend had been involved in a fight outside of their house earlier in the night that turned physical. Witnesses told police that the victim was punching and kicking his girlfriend when a male neighbor jumped in to save the woman.
The woman called police and the neighbor told detectives he held down the victim until police arrived. The neighbor said the victim became unresponsive while he was restraining him.
Detectives released the 43-year-old neighbor shortly after bringing him into custody for questioning. Police said they will not be charging the neighbor in the incident at this time.
The investigation is on-going and once complete, the NOPD Homicide Division will forward the results to the District Attorney’s Office.
Homicide Detective Barret Morton is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.