Homicide unit investigates death of man near encampment in Hamilton’s downtown

Hamilton police say their homicide unit is investigating the death of a man near MacNab and Jackson Streets on Sept. 27, 2023. Global News

Hamilton Police’s homicide unit is investigating the death of a 33-year-old man in the city’s downtown overnight.

Investigators say the man was found near MacNab and Jackson streets around 3 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

In an update Wednesday afternoon, Det. Sgt. Jason Cattle said an altercation happened in an encampment near city hall and that the victim suffered an upper-body injury.

“Then this victim ran away and collapsed in front of the YWCA,” Cattle explained.

Hamilton police forensics teams on location at city hall amid a homicide investigation tied to the death of a man early on Sept. 27, 2023. Global News

The man would be transported by paramedics to a trauma centre where he would later die.

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A large police presence remained in the city hall parking lot as of Wednesday afternoon as officers canvased the area, including speaking with residents at the so-called “Whitehern” encampment.

Cattle said “more than one person” may be involved in the incident based on what detectives have been able to retrieve from nearby surveillance camera footage.

“There could be a few people involved in this, more than one, and that’s what we continue to investigate,” said Cattle.

Cattle said the victim was “of no fixed address” and couldn’t confirm if he was a resident of the encampment.

It’s believed the occurence happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and detectives say they are still seeking witnesses and camera footage from that time period.

Anyone with information can reach out to Hamilton police or Crime Stoppers.


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