Man turns himself in for fatally punching another over dog leash disagreement

Molly Daly
January 10, 2019 - 2:44 pm
A man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses after police say he killed another man with a single punch during an argument over an unleashed dog.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other offenses after police say he killed another man with a single punch during an argument over an unleashed dog.

Matthew Oropeza, 24, surrendered at Philadelphia Police Department headquarters Thursday.

Authorities say 38-year-old Drew Justice and his fiancee were walking their dog in Gold Star Park at Sixth and Wharton streets Saturday night when he asked Oropeza to leash his dog. 

Police say that sparked an argument, which ended when Oropeza punched Justice, who fell backward, slamming his head on the ground. 

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Authorities say Oropeza then ran off. Justice was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police had been looking for Oropeza since Saturday night. 

In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Oropeza is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats.