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Coroner’s deputies identify 64-year-old man stabbed to death in Sacramento

A man killed after being stabbed during a fight in Sacramento has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Coroner’s deputies said the man killed in the fight Monday afternoon in south Sacramento was James Emmitt Hunter, 64, of Sacramento.

Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a Sacramento police spokesman, said a call was received about 1:30 p.m. Monday about a stabbing in the 7700 block of Vallecitos Way, south of Elder Creek Road, between 65th Street Expressway and Power Inn Road.

Officers found a man who was unresponsive with a stab wound in his torso lying in the street in front of a residence. Sacramento Fire Department personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Heinlein said Hunter apparently was involved in a fight with a man in his 20s, who later showed up at an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers responded to the hospital and detained the man. No information has been released on whether he was arrested or if the stabbing was a case of self defense.

Detectives are looking for anyone who witnessed the incident.

The initial investigation revealed that the men argued near the road and that the argument escalated into a fight during which Hunter was stabbed.

Heinlein said investigators have not determined what the relationship was between the two men or whether they lived in the neighborhood. Police do not believe anyone else was involved, he said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews