sfpd_crimescene.jpgSan Francisco police are continuing to seek witnesses to an altercation that preceded what they’re calling a “suspicious death” in Golden Gate Park near the children’s playground carousel Friday night.

According to SFPD spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak, officers from Park Station were called to the area near the carousel and Sharon Art Studio Friday at 7:22 PM.

They arrived to discover 55-year-old San Franciscan Robert Musial seated on a bench who was demonstrating labored breathing, Andraychak said. The officers called for medical assistance, but as the ambulance was en route, Musial lost consciousness. Though officers administered CPR, which paramedics took over when they arrived, Musial died at the scene, Andraychak said.

The medical examiner and homicide detail reported to the scene, and Musial’s death is being investigated as “suspicious,” Andraychak said.

According to Andraychak, SFPD has information that Musial may have been involved in an altercation close to where he was discovered by police.

No arrests had been made as of this morning in connection with the death, which is being investigated by the medical examiner’s office and the Police Department’s homicide detail.

Andraychak says officers are eager to speak with anyone who might have witnessed the altercation, or with any other information on what might have caused Musial’s death.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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