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January 8, 2013

Murray man recovering after hammer blows

The grandson of Eton Police Chief Brent Hooper is recovering at a Chattanooga hospital after being hit in the head with a hammer at a party in Murray County on Sunday.

According to an incident report from the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Colton Johnson and others were having a cookout at Steven Dewayne Brock’s house at 5553 Highway 411 N. in Chatsworth when Brock and his girlfriend got into a fight. When Johnson began to leave, someone “jumped on him,” said Capt. John Cherry, and they got into a fight.

“Then the offender (Brock) that is charged in this came and started hitting the victim (Johnson) in the head and back area with a hammer,” Cherry said. “So he and the victim make it back out toward the truck. The offender follows him out there and busts the window out of a passenger side door.”

Johnson sustained a severe cut to his left eye as well as injuries to his head. Hooper said Monday afternoon that Johnson is “doing really better than what we had thought” and recovering well at Erlanger Medical Center but has numerous stitches and staples. A specialist was scheduled to visit him later in the day to determine the severity of the damage.

“(We) thank everybody for their support, family and all the churches and community and everything,” Hooper said. “It’s just been outpouring.”

Brock, 38, was arrested Sunday by the sheriff’s office and charged with aggravated battery and criminal damage to property in the second degree. He was still in jail without bond as of Monday afternoon.

Cherry said officials are still investigating and don’t know why the fight started.

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