Murrieta man dies after neighborhood scuffle

MURRIETA (CNS) – A man who was injured during a predawn Christmas Day scuffle with residents in a Murrieta neighborhood died from cardiac arrest, the coroners’ office reported.

Anthony Norman, 21, died at the Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar after the fight in the 39900 block of Candy Apple Way, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

Norman was initially taken to the hospital for injuries but was pronounced dead nearly an hour after dispatchers received a call today about the disturbance at 12:36 a.m.

Murrieta police suspect Norman inexplicably knocked on a series of doors during a walk up and down Candy Apple Way, which prompted one resident to go outside and see what was going on, Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad said.

A struggle between the resident and Norman followed. At some point, a second resident was involved as Norman was being restrained long enough for officers to arrive, Conrad said.

One resident who struggled with Norman was treated and released for unspecified injuries. No one was arrested as an investigation by police is ongoing, Conrad said.

4 Responses to "Murrieta man dies after neighborhood scuffle"

  1. Mom of lots   December 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Sounds like he was on drugs, which resulted in his odd behavior of knocking on doors, his argument/scuffle with someone and his cardiac arrest.

  2. CP   December 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    My daughter knows him from Murrieta Valley HS and he was special needs. His parents should have made sure he was safe at home.

  3. A Family Freind   December 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

    CP, Tony had a mental illness. He was 21 years old. He was considered an adult by our system of Government. His Parents/Family did nothing wrong. You can not lock up a person and throw away the key because he has a disability. Unfortunately in our society, law enforcement has the mind set that if "he has broken no law, there is nothing they can do." You do not know the circumstances surrounding Tonys short life, but I can assure you his family are wonderful people and wanted only the best for Tony. Hopefully you never have to experience anything like this with your Family members. Rest in Peace Tony, You are loved and are missed by Many.

  4. Friend also   January 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    To "A family friend" we also are friends of this family. We could not have said this any better. It is such a sad situation. It is one of those circumstances that I wish EVERYONE had someone close to them with these types of circumstances…JUST so that they would be able to understand, but then again, I couldn’t wish the reality of this situation on ANYONE..someone like Anthony…or their family. Well put…"Family Friend."


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