CONCORD (CBS SF) – A man died after an altercation at a homeless encampment in unincorporated Concord Wednesday night and a suspect has been arrested, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman said Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for police assistance at a homeless encampment near the Concord Avenue on-ramp to northbound Interstate Highway 680 at about 8 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters and medical personnel were the first to arrive at the scene, and had tried to revive victim, identified as 47-year-old Jerald Nagle. They called in deputies a short time later.

Nagle was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lee said Nagle, a transient, had gotten into a physical altercation with another transient, 38-year-old James Riley, prior to his death.

The cause was listed as asphyxia due to strangulation following an autopsy Thursday, Lee said.

Riley was taken into custody and booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, Lee said. He was being held on $1 million bail.

The case remained under investigation.

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