Wichita police: Drinking, fighting man stops breathing, dies

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Wichita police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old man who reportedly stopped breathing after being in a fight with relatives at a home, a police official said Tuesday.

Lt. Todd Ojile, head of the homicide unit, gave this account:

Late Friday night, police were dispatched to a call of a person not breathing in the 10700 block of West Harvest. A 36-year-old man died at the scene.

Investigators learned that the man had been drinking since the early afternoon and had been upset all day and arguing with his wife. As he continued to drink, he kept arguing with relatives and began to batter or punch his family members.

Eventually, the man’s 32-year-old brother tackled him and held him down, Ojile said. The younger brother was pleading with his brother to calm down and stop hitting others.

After about a minute of pinning his brother down, he realized that he was not breathing and got off of him. Family members tried to revive the older brother with CPR, Ojile said.

It’s possible that the death could be the result of self-defense, with the 32-year-old defending his family. But it’s also possible that charges could be filed, Ojile said.

The 32-year-old brother was not booked into jail and was released, Ojile said.

It’s not clear whether the 36-year-old had a medical condition that might have contributed to his death.

Tim Potter: 316-268-6684, @terporter