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Man dies during ‘punching game’ at San Diego bar, police say

A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries Saturday morning as the result of a “punching game’’ inside a bar in the Gas Lamp neighborhood of San Diego, police said.

Authorities were called to Jolt’n Joe’s bar in the 300 block of 4th Avenue at 12:58 a.m., according to the San Diego Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found bystanders performing CPR on the man, who was unresponsive, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:45 a.m.

Detectives said that, according to witnesses, two men at the bar had been engaged in a “punching game,” in which they struck each other repeatedly, when one collapsed.

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As bystanders rendered aid to the fallen man, his opponent remained at the scene. He was being interviewed by homicide detectives after being taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

The two men were acquaintances, police said. Their identities were not released.


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