Portsmouth man dies after assault, fall from garage

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PORTSMOUTH –– An ongoing investigation is underway following an assault that led to a man’s death near the High Hanover Parking Garage early on the morning of August 26.

The Portsmouth Police Department responded to the incident at 12:52 a.m., which occurred between the Portsmouth Gaslight and the Portsmouth Parking Garage on Hanover Street.

Initial on-scene accounts reveal that the confrontation began upstairs at the Gaslight Night Club, with a group of males yelling at the male victim and his group.

Witnesses report that once outside the Gaslight, the group assaulted the victim by the High Hanover Parking Garage entrance.

After escaping the assault, the victim entered the parking garage but was pursued by at least one member of the assailant group.

Eyewitness testimony indicates that the victim tried to climb onto the rail of the parking garage but fell to the sidewalk below.

He was immediately transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Portsmouth Police Department, the Medical Examiner and Rockingham County Attorney’s Office are working together to investigate the case further.

Authorities are seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed the assault or the fall or may have video footage from the areas of the incident.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Captain Dave Keaveny of the Investigative Division at 603 610-7511.

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