Santa Ana Police Department
On 7-4-15, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Officers responded to 2500 Block of North Linwood Avenue (just south of Fairhaven Elementary School and West of Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary) to assist OCFA personnel with a man identified as William Branch III, who was unresponsive in the street. Officers arrived to find OCFA personnel performing CPR on a 55 year old male. Branch was transported to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana where he was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are currently investigating the incident.
A preliminary investigation found that a fight occurred during a large neighborhood Fourth of July party. Branch was a participant in the fight. It is unclear if he sustained an injury from an assault or died of a medical condition. The cause of death is undetermined pending autopsy. Continue reading