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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — Authorities say a New Year’s Day street fight between two men in Beaver County ended with one combatant dead and the other hurt in a stabbing.

State police say the fight was reported around 6 a.m. Tuesday on Main Street in Aliquippa.

Authorities say it started as a domestic dispute when a man kicked in the front door of his girlfriend’s home and then left.

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The girlfriend told police she called a male relative for help, but by then, the boyfriend had returned and the two men got into a fight. Police say the boyfriend stabbed the relative, then the fight continued through several backyards with the relative fatally beating the woman’s boyfriend.

He was taken into custody, questioned by state police and later released.

“I just seen a whole lot of police and stuff, and yellow tape outside, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, somebody more than likely passed away or something bad happened,’” a neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, said.

The neighbor said she heard loud screaming and noise from the fight this morning.

“This is just crazy to wake up to this after the New Year,” she said.

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State troopers and Aliquippa Police began an investigation.

The Beaver County District Attorney says no charges will be filed because it appears to be self-defense. But, he says, that could change as the investigation progresses.

“Assault resulting in a death, at this point, we do not anticipate filing charges. The investigation continues,” said Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier. “Generally, we’re talking self-defense is what we’re looking at at this point, but again, that may change as interviews continue and as the autopsy proceeds.”

The district attorney did not release any information about any weapons possibly used during the fight.

Authorities have not released the names of either man.

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