CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A malicious wounding investigation turned to homicide after the victim of a beating died Tuesday in Charleston.
Sgt. Eric Hodges of the Charleston Police Department said a fight about 4:30 p.m. Monday led to Omar Lorenzo Thompson, 27, of Beckley, being hit on the head at 682 South Park Road. Thompson was taken to CAMC General Hospital, where he died at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Hodges said police were initially investigating the incident as a malicious wounding, but are now conducting a homicide investigation. Police are not yet releasing the names of any possible suspects, but expect to release more information.
The death is Charleston's 11th homicide this year. Six people were murdered in Charleston in 2009.