Police: Man dies after fight, suspect questioned and released

Police: Man dies after fight, suspect questioned and released »Play Video

EUGENE, Ore. --  A man died at the scene of a fight in west Eugene Friday afternoon, police said. Officials report they took a suspect into custody after closing down the neighboring blocks of Roosevelt for a search.

That suspect was released after being questioned by police.

Officials said they received a call about a fight at a house in the 2200 block of Roosevelt Boulevard just after 5 p.m. Friday.

Police arrived to find people inside the home giving 41-year-old William McKnight CPR after he stopped breathing. Responding officers took over CPR and called medics.

"Despite their efforts, the man has died," Eugene Police spokesperson Melinda McLaughlin said.

The man was not killed by blunt force trauma, officials said.

A neighbor, who asked to not be identified, told our news staff the screams coming from the house next door lasted only a few minutes.

"I ran over to see if everything was OK. There was no pulse, there was no breathing... yeah. There was no reviving him," the man said.

The neighbor added that he saw a man leave the house on a bike shortly after the yelling started.

Officers shut down parts of west Eugene while they were searching for a suspect involved in a dispute. Police reported that the area was reopened before 6 p.m. Friday night.

Spokeswoman McLaughlin said a suspect was taken in custody for questioning. He has since been released.

Investigators are still waiting on reports from the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland before continuing their investigation.

Police are withholding their suspect's information while they continue their investigation.

This is a developing story, updates can be found on this website or in the 6 p.m. broadcast when they become available.