Medical examiner: Vernon man died as result of fight injuries

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BRATTLEBORO — A 49-year-old Vernon man died as a result of a fist fight at a Canal Street hotel on July 31, according to the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Brattleboro Police responded to the Econo Lodge at 515 Canal St. at 5:45 a.m. for a report that a man, later identified as Thomas R. Davis, was "covered in blood ... yelling and threatening and threatening another person," police said.

Police arrived to find Davis unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel attempted to revive him, but he died at 6:25 a.m.

The death certificate indicates Davis sustained "blunt impacts" to the head and torso from a fist fight with another person.

Alex Symanski, 30, of Brattleboro, was arrested at the scene and cited with simple assault.

Friday, Windham County State's Attorney Tracy Shriver said she had no comment because the investigation is ongoing.

According to the death certificate, Davis was born in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Other conditions, including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and diabetes, contributed to his death, according to the medical examiner.

Brattleboro Police are asking anyone with information that could help their investigation to call at 802-257-7946.

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