BUTTE — Police have launched a homicide investigation in Butte, according to Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester.
Sheriff Lester said in a news release that Butte Police, A-1 Ambulance, and Butte Fire Rescue responded to the report of an injured man near the intersection of Park and Emmett Streets just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 14.
A 58-year-old Butte man was unresponsive at the scene and taken to St. James Healthcare. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
According to Sheriff Lester, the man who died was apparently involved in a fight with another 58-year-old man from Butte who is now in custody.
"Our investigators are trying to determine what the exact circumstances were, but there is no ongoing concern for public safety as a result of this incident," said Lester.
The Sheriff said the victim's injuries appear to be consistent with blunt force trauma, but an official cause and manner of death will not be determined until after an autopsy.
The names of the men involved have not yet been released.
We will update you when we get more information.