LANCASTER – A 49-year-old man died Saturday after he was bludgeoned with a large piece of splintered wood on the side of the road in Lancaster, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 9:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, on the 42000 block of North Sierra Highway, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“Detectives have learned that an off-duty canine officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was traveling northbound on Sierra Highway, approaching Avenue M, when he saw two adult males walking south along the west shoulder,” the news release states.
“The officer saw the suspect was carrying a large piece of splintered wood the approximate size of a baseball bat. The suspect used the piece of wood as a weapon, swinging it and striking the victim, a 49 year-old Hispanic male, in the head. As the victim fell to the ground, the suspect continued to strike the victim in the upper body with the piece of wood,” the news release states.
The off-duty officer stopped his vehicle, detained the suspect, and helped the victim until Lancaster Station deputies and rescue paramedics arrived, according to the news release.
The victim was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
The suspect, 39-year-old Daniel Nathan Nosch, was transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and booked on suspicion of murder, according to the news release.
“The weapon was recovered at the scene,” the sheriff’s news release states.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.