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Police say hammer might have been used in slaying

A man might have used a hammer as a weapon during an early Thursday altercation that led to the death of a woman in the southwest valley, Las Vegas police said.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Ramon Denby confirmed that homicide detectives were investigating the woman’s death at a residence at the 8700 block of Ashley Park Avenue, near Durango Drive and Blue Diamond Road. A man at the home was taken to an area hospital to be treated for injuries. As of late Thursday, he had not been charged in the death.

Police were called to the residence about 6:10 a.m.

“There was a hammer involved in the incident,” Denby said. “The female was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Bill Cassell, also a police spokesman, said officers found the woman dead. There were signs of blunt-force trauma. Police did not release the names of the man or the dead woman.

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