The sudden death of a man who died at home on Thanksgiving is being investigated as a homicide, Anchorage police said Friday.
Monroe Randall Jr., 61, died unexpectedly at his home in the 900 block of Eagle Street Nov. 27, two days after he was involved in an altercation with another individual, homicide supervisor Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said.
“We interviewed that person; that person said that he was assaulted by the victim and that he hit the victim back,” Markiewicz said. “So we have that, but then for two days the victim is walking, talking and going about his daily business, drinking, and then, suddenly, he dies.”
An autopsy found that Randall had bleeding in his brain, and the medical examiner in a preliminary report ruled the death a homicide.
However, whether the injury might have come from the fight or something else, such as a fall, remains the subject of an active investigation, Markiewicz said.
Police are awaiting the final autopsy report, which they hope will answer medical questions surrounding the death, he said.
Even if Randall’s death was the result of the fight, however, police will have to figure out if there is a legitimate self-defense issue, he said.
— Anchorage Daily News