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Cops: Man Dies in Father-Son Altercation


A father-son altercation in Hempstead turned fatal early Saturday morning, after the father was found unresponsive and later died at a local hospital, Nassau County police said.

Police responded to a home on Westbury Boulevard in Hempstead at 1:04 a.m., and after arriving at the scene they found Ervin R. Witherspoon Jr., 47, not breathing. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead by hospital personnel at 2 a.m., police said.

After an investigation, police discovered that the son, Ervin R. Witherspoon III, 21, of Uniondale, allegedly placed his father in a head lock as the two became involved in a physical altercation, police said. The father became unresponsive, police said, and the younger Witherspoon fled the scene. He was arrested at his Uniondale home, police said.


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He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, and will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Sunday, police said.

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