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El Cajon police investigating homicide near downtown bank

el cajon homicide 4-9-24
Posted at 7:33 AM, Apr 09, 2024

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The El Cajon Police Department says a homicide investigation was underway early Tuesday morning near Orange Avenue and Main Street.

ECPD told 10News this was a deadly assault, and officers responded to the heart of downtown El Cajon around 3 a.m. It appears the incident happened behind a bank in the area, according to a 10News reporter sent to the scene.

When officers arrived on the scene in the 100 block of West Main St., they found a known homeless man suffering from blunt force injuries, according to ECPD Lt. Keith MacArthur. First responders gave the man medical attention, but their efforts were unsuccessful, and he died.

As of 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, police don't know what caused the man's injuries, but they were investigating the case as a possible homicide. No suspect is in custody at this point.

Crime scene tape blocked access to the bank as officers investigated.

10News observed a person in handcuffs a few blocks down from the scene. MacArthur says it was someone they initially thought was involved.

As of 7 a.m., traffic on Main Street was not interrupted; however, a police cruiser was blocking Orange Avenue, and the bank's parking lot was not accessible.

"Out of respect for the privacy of the victim and their family, the ECPD is withholding the victim's identity at this time," an ECPD press release stated.

If you have any information for police about this case, reach out to the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.

This is a developing story. ABC 10News has sent a reporter to the area to gather the latest details.