A pensioner has been released on bail after a suspected burglar he became involved in a struggle with died.
A 78-year-old was released yesterday morning by the Met.
The police were called by a homeowner to reports of a burglary in progress at an address on South Park Crescent, Lewisham.
The pensioner found two men inside the address and a struggle ensued between him and the men.
One of the men, aged 37, sustained a stab wound to the upper body.
Detectives are now appealing for more information as the 37-year-old was found collapsed in Further Green Road.
The London Ambulance Services took him to hospital where he died at 3:37am.
A post-mortem examination has given a provisional cause of death as a stab wound.
Next of kin have been informed.
The second suspect in the burglary fled the scene prior to police arrival and remains outstanding.
The homeowner suffered bruising to his arms.
He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and further arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail to return to a south London police station on a date in early May pending further enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, is leading the investigation. He said: “I would like to speak with anyone who has information regarding the outstanding suspect from the burglary, who is believed to be a white male; he may have told someone what happened at the address.
“It is possible that he fled the scene in a vehicle, possibly a white van, leaving the scene in the direction of Further Green Road. Did you see this vehicle? Do you know where it went after this? I ask anyone to contact our incident room as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should contact the Incident Room on 020 8721 4205 or call 101 quoting reference CAD214/4Apr.
To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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