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Fistfight turns deadly in Garland County

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 31, 2013 at 6:34 a.m. Updated January 31, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.


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Stephen Tye Curtiss

Dustin Wayne Brown

— Authorities in Garland County say two people are in custody after a man was fatally shot during a fistfight Wednesday night.

Lt. James Martin said in a statement that deputies were called about 6:20 p.m. to Barite Street in eastern Garland County after 25-year-old David Halpin was shot.

Martin said "very early reports" suggest the two people in custody, later identified as 24-year-old Dustin Wayne Brown and 26-year-old Stephen Tye Curtiss, followed Halpin and a woman to a residence, where an argument and a fistfight started.

"During the argument, one of the suspects pulled a gun and shot the male victim, who died at the scene," Martin said.

The woman, identified by authorities as 29-year-old Amber Brinsfield, was reportedly struck in the head during the fight. She was taken to the hospital with injuries not believed to be serious.

Investigators are still trying to determine the motive. Martin said both Brown and Curtiss have been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree battery and are being held without bond.

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NONSHEEPLE says... January 31, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.

So was Halpin the womans boyfriend or was the boyfriend and his buddy the attackers? Unless those in custody are minors there's no excuse for not printing their names along with actual stated stories.

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LR1955 says... January 31, 2013 at 10:07 a.m.

A bar fight moved off premises!

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JessePinkman says... January 31, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.

Never bring fists to a gunfight

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BillSmithFreeSpiritMan says... January 31, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

Would like to know if the shooter had a CC.

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NONSHEEPLE says... January 31, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.

Good point BSmith. Were they a "law biding citizen" until that point? I am a CCL holder myself.

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