Police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a man who had been impaled by a fence post Sunday night during a fight near his Burnside neighborhood home on the South Side, authorities said.

An autopsy Monday determined Edward James Scott, 48, of the 9100 block of South Greenwood Avenue, died of head injuries and impalement on a fence post during an assault, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Scott's death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office.

Scott became involved in a dispute about 8 p.m. Sunday with unknown individuals near his home, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala. One of the people approached and struck him in the head, causing him to fall onto a fence post which pierced his eye socket, Zala said; he then fell to the ground, suffering blunt trauma to the head.

Scott was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Zala said no arrests have been made and police have opened a homicide investigation.

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