Police: Man dies on east side after fight with nephew

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 55-year-old man is dead after an argument with his nephew turned into a physical altercation on Detroit’s east side late Wednesday night, said Sgt. Michael Woody of the Detroit Police Department.

The altercation occurred about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 6800 block of Iroquois; what the two men were fighting about is unknown at this time, Woody said.

At some point the argument between the victim and the 39-year-old man became physical, and the nephew body-slammed his uncle, Woody said. When medics arrived, they found no signs that the victim had been stabbed, shot or strangled, Woody said. The Wayne County Medical Examiner will have to determine the official cause of death.

The nephew is in police custody, Woody said.

Police don’t yet know whose house the men were at when the fight started.

According to Michigan State Police, in 2014, the last year for which data is available, arguments were the leading known circumstance preceding homicides in Michigan, far ahead of drug dealing, gangland crimes and lovers’ quarrels. (“Unknown” is the biggest category group, however, encompassing 55 percent of the homicides that year.)

jdickson@detroitnews.com