The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 58-year-old Marvin L. Pape Jr. as the Vancouver man who died after a fight Friday at the Robinwood Apartments.
Pape suffered sudden death during a physical altercation, the medical examiner’s office announced Tuesday. His death was ruled a homicide, meaning it resulted from another person’s deliberate action. The ruling does not make any judgments about criminal culpability.
The medical examiner’s office listed other significant factors in his death as blunt head trauma, high blood pressure in the arteries and lungs, methamphetamine use, and heart conditions, including an enlarged heart with thickening of the lower right chamber.
Vancouver police responded at about 7:40 p.m. to the apartment complex, 3311 E. 18th St., for reports of a disturbance. Officers arrived to find Pape unconscious in the breezeway. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a police news release.
Pape and a woman had arrived at the apartment to retrieve property from one of the unit’s residents. The woman entered the apartment first; Pape entered uninvited shortly after. The apartment resident attempted to remove the pair from the unit, and a physical fight ensued, according to the news release.
Police said the apartment resident was kicked and hit in the face and head multiple times with a bar stool and cane. The fight moved outside, and the apartment resident hit Pape, knocking him unconscious.
Officials said it appears some of the people involved knew each other.
The police department’s Major Crime Unit is investigating.