Teen dies after agreeing to get punched in face to resolve dispute
An 18-year-old high school student from Lake Stevens, Washington died after allegedly letting someone punch him in the face during a dispute at a party.
According to FOX Q13 in Seattle, the Snohomish County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office said another 18-year-old is now in custody for second-degree manslaughter following the incident.
The dispute reportedly began around midnight Pacific Time Sunday at a house party. The victim allegedly backed his car into another vehicle parked behind his. He then left the party, but returned a short while later.
Upon his return another 18-year-old, who was sitting in the other car, confronted the victim, and the two began shoving each other.
Eventually the teens decided to resolve the fight by allowing the suspect to punch the victim once in the face.
Local deputies said the victim agreed to the resolution, stood in the road and let the suspect swing.
Once hit the victim fell to the ground and lay unconscious. According to KOMO News, an ABC-affiliated station in Seattle, a witness told investigators he heard a cracking noise when the victim’s head hit the pavement.
The suspect, with the help of others, carried him to the house.
The victim was reportedly breathing but did not regain consciousness. He was eventually taken to a hospital by a friend, where he later died.
KOMO News reports the suspect, 18-year-old Michael Galen, tried to persuade a witness to tell authorities Galen punched him in self-defense, but the witness refused.
According to multiple reports, the suspect was arrested Sunday and admitted to the punching.
The two teens were fellow students at Crossroads High School in Granite Falls, Wash., and were said to have known each other for several years.
Detectives are still investigating the case.