By Frank Lewis
August 20, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Portsmouth Police Department tells the Daily Times they are awaiting an autopsy report on a man who died after an altercation with a bouncer at a Portsmouth bar. While the death occurred two weeks ago, no information had been issued from the Police Department until the Daily Times inquired about the incident Tuesday.
Matthew S. Voorheis, 39, of 175 Hygean Run Rd., West Portsmouth, was pronounced dead after being transported from the scene to the hospital.
The incident occurred on Aug. 2, and the first report came into the Portsmouth Police Department at 11:45 p.m. Officers responded to the Party Time Bar located at 926 Fourth St., in Portsmouth in reference to a disturbance.
“The officers got a call that night that a male was causing a disturbance, going after the bouncer,” Captain Jerry Leach said. “When officers arrived he was not responsive. Somebody started chest compressions and an ambulance was notified, and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”
Leach said, as he understands it, the fight began inside the bar, and Voorheis was removed from the bar and restrained outside, then was unresponsive.
Portsmouth Police Detective Andy Dawes said investigators still do not know the actual cause of death.
“At this time, that part is still under investigation,” Dawes said. “He was sent up to Montgomery County for an autopsy. And we’re just awaiting the results from that. It just takes time to get the report and the findings back. In the meantime, Detective Jim Charles is investigating the case.”
According to the official police report, the call type was listed as a fight. The report was filed by officer Aaron Cooper, then assigned to Charles.
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