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Watertown police were investigating the apparent homicide of a man late Thursday at 662 LeRay St., according to Lt. Frank J. Derrigo.

One man was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car shortly after Jefferson County emergency dispatch reported at about 10:15 p.m. that an "upset" man had called 911 stating that his brother was dead and that "he had hurt him."

Lt. Derrigo confirmed just before 11 p.m. that it appeared that a homicide had occurred, but said police had little other information at that time.

Police had taped off the backyard of the duplex and city firefighters brought in lights to aid in what appeared to be a search. At one point, additional equipment was called in — including a generator — to facilitate that search. It was not immediately clear, however, what was being searched for.

A neighbor said that he heard a man outside the residence yelling, "I didn't mean to do it." That was the man later taken into custody. Other neighbors, including those in the adjacent apartment at 664 LeRay St., said police gave them no information as to what happened.

A neighbor in the duplex said there had been a small fire overnight Wednesday in the basement of 662 LeRay St., but he did not know the cause.

City real property records show 662-664 LeRay St. is owned by Alan L. Russo, Punta Gorda, Fla.

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