Bar Manager Killed After Breaking Up Fight Outside California Pub

Santa Monica, California – A tragic incident unfolded at Jameson’s Pub in Santa Monica, where a bar manager lost his life after being punched by a patron. Leonard Hector Korpie, 26, is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of the manager, who had intervened to break up a fight outside the establishment. Korpie has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

According to a news release from the Santa Monica Police Department, the altercation occurred in the early hours of the morning at the pub. Following a request from the manager for several patrons to leave, a physical confrontation broke out on the street. The manager was struck by one of the patrons and subsequently lost consciousness. Despite efforts by police and emergency responders, he tragically passed away at a hospital.

Authorities revealed that when the police arrived at the scene, the manager was not breathing and CPR was administered until the arrival of medical personnel. Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica police emphasized the role of alcohol in escalating what initially may have been a minor altercation into a fatal event that has deeply impacted multiple lives.

Subsequent investigations led to the arrest and identification of Korpie as the individual responsible for throwing the deadly punch. The suspect, along with two other patrons involved in the incident, were apprehended and taken into custody at the Santa Monica Jail. Regular patrons of the pub expressed shock and disbelief at the tragic outcome, highlighting the manager’s valiant efforts to maintain peace in the establishment.

As the community grapples with the loss, sentiments of sorrow and heartbreak pervade among residents and patrons. The senseless violence has left many questioning the unpredictability of such incidents and the devastating consequences that can arise from simple altercations. Korpie’s bail has been set at $2 million, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 17 to further address the case and determine the next steps in seeking justice for the victim and his loved ones.