Murrieta Man Dies at Hospital Following Street Scuffle

Police say Anthony Norman, 21, was knocking on doors in a neighborhood when residents confronted him.

A 21-year-old Murrieta man died early Christmas morning after he was involved in a confrontation with residents of a neighborhood where he was knocking on doors around midnight, according to police.

Anthony Norman died at 1:31 a.m. Tuesday morning at Inland Valley Medical Center, according to the coroner’s office. Norman suffered a full cardio-respiratory arrest, according to a coroner’s report.

Murrieta police responded to the 39900 block of Candy Apple Way at 12:37 a.m. to investigate reports of a disturbance in the street. When they arrived they found two neighborhood residents restraining Norman in the street.

Police officers were told that Norman had been knocking on doors up and down Candy Apple Way and a resident went outside to investigate, according to police. A fight broke out between Norman and the resident, whose name was not released by police. At some point a second resident joined in the scuffle and the two neighbors restrained Norman.

When officers arrived the found that Norman and a resident had been injured and medics were called to the scene, according to police. Both were taken to Inland Valley Medical Center.

The resident was treated and released.  

A resident on Candy Apple Way told Patch he was not awoken by the disturbance.

"Very quiet neighborhood, very nice neighborhood, lived here 15 years," said Bob, who did not wish to give his last name. "Woke up this morning and my neighbor called and said 'look down the street' and we saw the police there. We didn't hear anything last night."

anonomous December 28, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Just from reading between the lines of all these comments seems plausable tht a couple of neighbors pissed off that tony having some sort if mental episode beating cars decided to take matters into yheir own hands injuring this kid to the point he died now they have to say they felt threatened. The fact that they had him down in the street and they were not even the ones who called 911 says a lot I dont think they intended to kill him but never the less that was the result
Jesse December 28, 2012 at 06:20 PM
As the days go by and more info is know it seems like the nighbors involved tried helping thing young man from hurting himslef and others. From what ive heard is that they tried restraining him till the Police arrived and then they took over. What is not known is what technique was aplied. The young man did not pass away till after Police arrived and he may have died in Police custody before he was in route to the hospital. We will have to wait and see what the outcome of the autopsy report is to the couse of death. The Murrieta Police have been known to address the public with prejudice race color and visual appearnce. It waould be good to see the full report from the police of the events of that night.
Vicki Torrescano December 30, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Anthony Norman lived with us as part of our family. Tony taught me so much about acceptance and understanding. Although this is no longer "the latest news", I would like the truth revealed. The autopsy revealed Tony dies of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart. NO ILLICIT DRUGS WERE INVOLVED. Just a terrified young man with mental illness. I would like to thank our neighbors for their support and understanding. The people involved did what they did in an effort to get Tony help. The Murrieta Police and the paramedics had no part in his unfortunate death. Uninformed and Unkind people made this more painful for those who knew him. Be Free Tony... Enjoy Eternal Life With The Lord, and "We'll see you when we get There".
Scott s December 30, 2012 at 09:51 AM
I had a short time to know Tony, being in the house of my children and ex wife I got to see him in a daily manner. He was kind and unassuming. As a Retired Navy SEAL, I would be very cautious to anyone in my kids home and though I thought Tony needed allot of help he surely was not violent. I do take offense to the negative portrayal of Tony on here as if you do not now him the is no way you can pass judgement on him. Saying this he was confused and should have had greater help. In my opinion his family should have given him greater care that he deserved and not left it up to my son and his mother. No one is to blame as this is on him alone but all of us need to take a lesson from this and help our family members in need. Do not wait for one day to get there meds or what they need. Do not play off their cries to you..Use this incident as your wake up call for compassion, help and understanding...
Brenda March 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
This is an incrediably sad story for everyone involved. Our State, County, Country does NOT have help for mentally, physically disabled, and our elderly persons. We used to years back when we werent giving billions away to other countries and supporting their people. I have known MANY friends who have filed bankruptcy, give up a child to the state so they could recieve the care neede. Seen them get rejected for services on their medical insurance because they SAW NO BENEFIT FROM TREATMENT, otherwise chaulked off as a lost cause. Some parents, spouses, have done everything to get a family member help, any kind. Until we all stand up and do something about just where our tax monies go its going to be the same thing year after year, and more and more cuts, including our elderly who die alone day after day in this country. 1 in 4 families live below poverty level in our own grand USA. Now to "Tony". As we do not know what his "mental" disablilities we dont know what should have been done, or could have been done easier, nicer. If someone I knew on our street to have mental disorder was beating on our door with something at midnight, I would have called the cops, no matter how nice he was 6 hours prior. I would not have opened the door, and no one should have. We never know what mentally disabled persons are capable of, shooting, beating someone up. We do not live in their world. The police were there in 3 minutes.


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