Police: Head injury may have been result of fall during family feud

Incident remains under investigation
By Tanya Mitchell | Apr 26, 2013
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Swanville — Initial reports indicated that a man in Swanville had been struck in the head with a blunt object Friday afternoon, April 26, but a police investigation has revealed the man was engaged in a physical fight with a relative and may have hit his head during the melee.

At about 12:19 p.m. Friday, deputies with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office responded to an assault in which a male was reportedly struck in the head with either a hammer or a pipe, but Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said the police investigation into the incident suggested the man's injury could have resulted from a fall during the fight. The incident took place on Swan Lake Avenue just beyond Cross Road.

Tuesday morning, April 30, Trafton said the fight started because one of the men involved had an argument with his wife the night before and the woman went to her brother's home at a neighboring property.

The next morning, Trafton said it was apparent the two men were not pleased with one another.

"They glared at each other from their trailers as they sat and drank their coffee," Trafton said.

At some point one of the men approached the other and the two engaged in a physical altercation. Trafton said police are still trying to determine who the primary aggressor was in the situation, and the sheriff's office has also turned the case over to the Waldo County District Attorney's Office for review.

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