Fatal Punch Kills Dog-Walker During Argument

Philadelphia's Drew Justice fell and hit his head in dispute over unleashed pet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2019 7:08 PM CST
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(Newser) – Philadelphia police have charged a 24-year-old man with throwing a punch to the head that led to the death of another dog walker. Matthew Oropeza surrendered to police Thursday, per the AP. He's charged with involuntary manslaughter, simple assault, and reckless endangerment of another person. Police say 38-year-old Drew Justice and his fiancee were walking their Shih Tzu at Gold Star Park around 9pm Saturday when Justice asked Oropeza not to let his unleashed dog run free. Police say Oropeza became angry and punched Justice in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the ground. Justice was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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