57-year-old Filimoni Raiyawa was an in-home caretaker suspected of beating his 96-year-old client in Occidental.
ABC 7 News reports Raiyawa lived with Solomon Cohen, the man he was suspected of beating at Cohen’s Dupont Road home near Occidental.
Another person staying at the house found the injured man and called 911 at about 4.56am, reporting that it appeared the man had fallen.
Paramedics determined the man had serious head injuries, and appeared to have been badly beaten.
The man was taken to a hospital and the Sheriff’s Office violent crimes team was called in to investigate.
At about the time of the call, Raiyawa fled the property in his blue Honda Odyssey van.
Raiyawa’s van was later involved in a three-car crash in San Francisco and injured two police officers.
The assault suspect died in police custody in the Marina District.