Spokane Co. Medical Examiner confirms identity of man killed in altercation with his son

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SPOKANE CO., Wash. — The Spokane County Medical Examiner has confirmed the identity and cause of death of a man who died after an altercation in the 1400 block of E. Carlisle on Saturday.

He was identified as 60-year-old Michael Hermann, and his cause of death was ruled as a brain herniation, caused by a hemorrhage from blunt impact. The manner of death is ruled as pending.

Police initially responded to a call that Hermann had been knocked out during a fight with his 27-year-old son, also named Michael. When officers arrived, they found Hermann lying on the living room floor. He had a wound on his head the same size and shape as the bottle cap of a two liter that was on the floor next to him.

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Hermann’s son was taken into custody by police and booked into the Spokane County Jail for first-degree assault, with his bond set at $1 million.