Kamloops Mounties ask for video related to beating death

Police are on the hunt for a killer after an apparent fight on a North Kamloops street left one man dead -- and investigators are asking anyone with video of the incident to hand it over.

Emergency crews were called to an area on Wood Street near Tranquille Road just before 3 a.m. on Friday for a report of a fight in progress.

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Paramedics and Mounties found an unconscious 42-year-old man on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

For much of Friday morning, the body remained under blankets on the snowy sidewalk as investigators scoured the area. A two-block portion of Wood Street between Tranquille Road and Hilltop Avenue was taped off.

Police are keeping tight-lipped about the incident, saying only that two "recently acquainted" men became involved in an argument at a local bar that eventually escalated to violence outside. The Duchess is less than a block from where the victim was found, but RCMP Cpl. Jody Neuls refused to name the "local licensed establishment" in which the men had been arguing.

Neuls said no weapons were involved and that the incident was isolated. She also said investigators believe there were multiple witnesses and asked for anyone with video evidence to come forward.

"If anyone has video of this event, please consider turning it over to police," she said.

Hayley Anderson, who lives in the Thompson Court apartment building across the street from where the victim was found, said she was awoken around the time of the slaying by the sound of people running.

"We heard running and that's it," she told KTW. "The running went past our living room window. Next thing you know, there's police everywhere."

Anderson said she wasn't sure at first if something had happened.

"You get a little bit desensitized to the noise," she said. "You're always hearing noises and sounds, but this is a little startling. But I'm almost glad we were oblivious to the fact of what was going on, because then you feel the need to get involved and who knows what can happen."

The victim is from Kamloops, which is the only information about him released by police.

RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said investigators are in the process of notifying next of kin.

The homicide is the fourth of 2016 in Kamloops. Charges have been laid in the previous three deaths and the accused are in various stages of the court process.

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