Man found in Merseyside street died from crossbow injury

A man who died after being found injured in the street in Merseyside was shot with a crossbow, police have said.

Police were called to Monfa Road in Bootle shortly before 2am on Bank Holiday Monday and found the man, in his 30s, with life-threatening injuries following reports of an altercation.

He was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

(PA Graphics)
(PA Graphics)

A Merseyside Police spokesman said a Home Office post-mortem examination showed the cause of death was abdominal bleeding due to a deep penetrating wound consistent with a crossbow discharge.

The crossbow has been recovered, police said.

A 49-year-old man from Bootle was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday night and a 41-year-old man from Bootle who was arrested earlier remains in custody.

Detectives believe all the parties knew each other.

The victim has not yet been formally identified.

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