ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A man reported dead in his home in Albuquerque's North Valley Thursday may have died as a result of a fight with one of his own kids, but at this point no one is facing charges.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department is waiting on an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.
However, sources told KRQE News 13 the man died shortly after a domestic dispute escalated when the man's son arrived at home.
No one answered the door Friday at the home on Guadalupe Trail NW where the family reported the man, Robert R. Martinez, 58, dead following a domestic dispute.
"During that physical altercation Mr. Martinez did collapse and never regained consciousness," said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Aaron Williamson.
The department won't officially say who Martinez was fighting with, but sources said the fight began between Martinez and his wife just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
Neighbors told News 13 on Thursday that the fights are nothing new.
"(They happen) very often, a lot of domestic cursing," said a neighbor.
But this time, the incident may have spiraled out of control quickly. Sources told News 13 that as Martinez fought with his wife, one of their kids called an older brother. Minutes later the brother got home and fought with the father, who then died, the sources said.
But it's unclear how Martinez died, and sheriff's deputies are not getting specific about who Martinez was fighting with. Williamson would only say investigators were "looking at a particular family member."
"At this point we don't have anybody listed or charged with any crime," he continued. "Like I said it's an ongoing investigation to try to determine what the cause of death was, whether it was related to the physical altercation or if it a medical episode that caused his death."
Investigators say they need Martinez's autopsy to determine if any criminal charges should follow.
"We're taking every precaution in investigating it as suspicious to make sure nothing gets left," Williamson said.
The Office of the Medical Investigator conducted an autopsy on Martinez's body Friday morning. Deputies say if there are clear signs of what he died from, the results should be back in the coming days.
However, if it's not clear, toxicology reports and other tests will have to be done which could take several weeks.
Deputies say they're still investigating this as a suspicious death but say everyone involved is accounted for and has been or is being interviewed.
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