One man was dead and another in custody in what Minneapolis police described Monday as a domestic homicide.
The victim, Michael Reich, who was in his mid-40s, had been dead since late last week, said Lt. Amelia Huffman, head of the homicide unit. Police tape was wrapped around Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbeque in the 2800 block of E. 38th St., in the Kingfield neighborhood about 5:40 a.m. Monday.
The death occurred at Reich’s apartment above the address adjoining Ted Cook’s, police said. A caller alerted 911, and said the death was domestic in nature, police said. The caller was arrested on suspicion of homicide.
Huffman said Reich died as the result of a fight during a domestic quarrel. No weapon was used; police are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the cause of death, she said.
Britney Bebault, Reich’s neighbor, said he came over and introduced himself when she moved to her house on 28th Avenue S. Her back door faces the building where Reich lived. She said he had lived there for 13 years, and lived alone.
“He was a good guy,” said Bebault, who often did laundry for him and occasionally made him dinner. “It’s shocking for that to happen in this neighborhood.”
Reich was the city’s 14th homicide this year. The last homicide was April 26. There were 23 homicides in Minneapolis at this time last year.
AND TIM HARLOW