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TX: 1 shot, 1 stabbed after feral hog hunt

1 shot, 1 stabbed after feral hog hunt

Sept. 16, 2009

One man was shot and another was stabbed during a quarrel about money after a hog hunting trip in Brazoria County, authorities said.

Paul Orchard was stabbed and John Bates was shot about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 6200 block of County Road 62 in Sweeny, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.

No charges have been filed.

Bates was wounded in the upper left arm and was flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center. He is in stable condition.

Orchard was stabbed in the upper left arm and left hand and his condition is unknown, the police report said.

Investigators said Orchard was riding a four-wheeler along the road just after he had finished feral hog hunting in a nearby pasture. He carried a .410-gauge shotgun with him.

Bates saw him and stopped him, deputies said. The men argued about money Orchard apparently owed Bates and a fight broke out.

During the scuffle, Bates pulled out a knife and stabbed Orchard. He also grabbed the shotgun barrel. As he pulled on the gun to get it away from Orchard, the shotgun erupted and Bates was hit.

The case will be referred to a Brazoria County grand jury to determine what, if any charges, will be filed.

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