A 57-year-old man suspected of killing his 24-year-old nephew on Friday at the Sunnydale public housing complex in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood has been arrested, police said today. Police said witness statements and evidence led to the arrest of San Francisco resident Broderick Douglas on Saturday. Officers said Broderick Douglas is the uncle of the deceased man, Marcus Douglas, who was also a San Francisco resident.
Police officers found Marcus Douglas suffering from severe head trauma shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday when they responded to a home in the 1500 block of Sunnydale Avenue near McLaren Park to conduct a well-being check on a citizen. Police initially reported that Marcus Douglas was found deceased inside the residence, but police have since clarified that Marcus Douglas was found suffering from severe head trauma when officers arrived.
While emergency aid was rendered to the victim, he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene, police said. The case was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner but the cause of Marcus Douglas’ death has not been determined. During the course of the investigation, police determined that a possible suspect had fled the scene in a red vehicle Friday prior to their arrival. On Saturday, Broderick Douglas was arrested in the 1400 block of Palou Avenue in the Bayview District and was booked into San Francisco County Jail for the murder of his nephew, according to police. The motive for the homicide remains under investigation.
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