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Two injured in altercation
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TRINITY — Two Trinity men were treated for injuries – including one who was flown to a Tyler hospital – following what police described as a fight Monday afternoon. Matt Huffman, 32, was taken by an air ambulance to a Tyler hospital after sustaining a single knife cut to his right chest. He was expected to recover from his injury. Dalton Boyd, 28, was treated and released from East Texas Medical Center-Trinity after sustaining injuries to his head and face. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident was still under investigation Tuesday and no criminal charges had been filed. He indicated investigators would turn their findings over to District Attorney Bennie Schiro, who would determine if and what charges would be filed in the case. Jones said police were dispatched to a residence at the corner of East Pine Valley Drive and Shady Lane Monday afternoon after receiving a report of a disturbance. Jones said while other officers traveled to the residence using Highway 19 North, he cut over onto North Robb and approached from the back way. While approaching the area, he spotted two men running in an open area behind Trinity Steel Fabricators and stopped them. "I didn't know if they were involved in the disturbance or if they were witnesses, so I stopped them to question them," Jones said. It turned out the men were witnesses and indicated they were running from the scene in order to avoid involvement in the investigation. When officers arrived, both of the injured men had left the scene. Huffman had been transported by other witnesses to ETMC-Trinity and Boyd had left on his own power. After investigators gathered witness information, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace and Sheriff's Investigator Tommy Park went to Boyd's home to check on him and determined he also needed to seek medical help for his injuries. Jones said that witness statements taken at the scene were not consistent and his lead investigator, Sgt. Randy Wheeler, was still working to sort out the facts. Police were able to determine that an argument at the scene developed into a physical altercation that ended when Huffman sustained the cut wound.

 

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