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Saturday death ruled homicide

The death of a man Saturday after an apparent fight has been ruled Allen County's second homicide this year.

Darrell King, 45, of Fort Wayne, died from "asphyxia due to neck compression and position," according to a statement Sunday from the Allen County Coroner's Office. Homicide is a death from the actions of another person. An autopsy was performed Sunday afternoon.

Police responded about 5:15 p.m. to a home in the 2000 block of Gladstone Drive and found an unresponsive man. Medics took the man, later identified as King, to a local hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m., according to the coroner's office.

A fight between King and another man occurred before police were called to the home on Fort Wayne's south side, according to a police statement. What the fight was about is unclear. Saturday night police said they had detained a person of interest for questioning.

No charges have been filed, police spokesman Officer Chris Felton said Sunday. Gang activity was not suspected in the death, which remains under investigation, Felton said.

King's death is the first homicide this year within city limits. The other county homicide this year occurred Jan. 19 when Damian J. Miller II, 32, was shot dead outside the Dupont Bar and Grill.

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