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Merced County man dies during fight over money involving sword, sheriff says

Merced County Sheriff investigates death of man involved in fight

The Merced County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man who collapsed and died during a fight near the intersection of Lake Road and Yosemite Avenue in Merced, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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The Merced County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man who collapsed and died during a fight near the intersection of Lake Road and Yosemite Avenue in Merced, Calif., on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Merced County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a 40-year-old man who collapsed and died while he was in a fight involving a sword, officials said.

Deputies were called out before 2 a.m. Thursday to a residence on Yosemite Avenue near Lake Road, Sheriff Vern Warnke said.

“There was a gathering ... and it seems an argument ensued over what is believed to be money owed,” Warnke said.

The victim, whose identity is pending notification of next of kin, reportedly became involved in a fight involving a sword before he collapsed and died at the scene, Warnke said, adding that the cause of death was under investigation.

Nobody was arrested as of Thursday morning, but investigators were questioning persons of interest, Warnke said.

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