The 40-year-old victim of Hamilton's first homicide of 2017 likely died after a "minor altercation" escalated quickly, police say.
Police say Melvin Jn'marie lived at 210 Parkdale Ave. N. when he was found in a nearby alleyway. Officers responded to a call around 3:30 Saturday afternoon in Hamilton's east end, where they found Jn'marie with life threatening injuries.
He was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say the suspect was Jn'marie's acquaintance.
"There is every indication … this started as a minor altercation that quickly escalated," police said in a media release.
Police have not released the cause of death, but say there is no immediate risk to public safety.
Hamilton police are asking anyone with information about the incident to come forward. Call Det. Sgt. Dave Oleniuk at 905-546-3829 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.