Joppa man seriously injured in fight

May 31, 2011

A Harford County man was injured Friday night in what has been initially described by police as a fight between neighbors.

Around 10:43 p.m. Friday, Harford County sheriff's deputies responded to the 500 block of Philadelphia Road in Joppa for a reported fight in progress.

When they arrived, deputies found Kent Luther Lawing, 56, suffering from a head injury believed to have been sustained during the fight.

Members of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company responded to the scene, provided medical attention and took Lawing to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Additional assessment of the victim's injuries at the hospital resulted in him being flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He was in critical condition Tuesday.

Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division detectives are conducting further investigation into the circumstances and parties involved in the incident.

It was unclear as of Tuesday whether charges would be filed, and police were not releasing additional information, including the name of the other neighbor, until investigators get the chance to interview the hospitalized man, according to Capt. Keith Warner with the sheriff's office.

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