Sheriff’s officials released details Tuesday of the seven-person outdoor melee that happened Sunday afternoon at a trailer park near Early, resulting in two people being stabbed and one arrest.
Investigator Scott Bird said the fight happened at the Bluebonnet Trailer Park off U.S. Highway 183 North. The trouble began after two men argued over a woman, Bird said. He said they patched up the argument and shook hands, but friends of both men approached to make sure neither man was in any danger.
That’s when a fight broke out, Bird said.
Joe Leon Martinez, 31, of Early, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing of Andrew Eugene Bradshaw, 35, according to Bird and Brown County Jail records.
Bradshaw remained Tuesday at Brownwood Regional Medical Center and Martinez remained jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Another man was cut on the hand and likely needed stitches, but was not transported to the hospital, Bird said.
Bird released a report by patrol Cpl. Pete Bastardo, who with deputy Jed Polnick was dispatched to the trailer park at 4:45 p.m.
A dispatcher radioed that seven people were involved in an altercation and some were armed with weapons, namely baseball bats, Bastardo’s report states.
Bastardo was responding from the county line on U.S. Highway 183 South and Polnick was in the Shamrock Shores area, and Bastardo asked for assistance from Early officer Johnny Brown, who could get there before the deputies could.
Brown arrived and radioed that he had seven people on the ground at gunpoint and that medical assistance was needed for someone who had been cut.
Bastardo arrived at 4:55 p.m. Reserve deputy Troy Sweatman, DPS trooper Michael Sams, and Lake Patrol officer Reese Shafer were assisting in detaining everyone involved. Guardian EMS was on scene and treating Bradshaw, who had a large cut ranging from the top of his left shoulder to his rib area, Bastardo’s report states.
Those being detained and Bradshaw were at the entrance to the trailer park.
Several items including a pool stick, a tire irons, a plastic liquor bottle, a lawn chair and a double-bladed knife were on the ground, Bastardo’s report states.
The investigation is ongoing, Bird said, and he did not know if any more arrests will be made.