A Fort Branch Man was killed during an altercation involving a daughter’s former boyfriend.
At around 7 p.m. CST Wednesday night, police responded to 7816 County Road 45 East in Fort Branch after receiving a 911 call regarding a man being shot during an altercation.
Preliminary investigation revealed, 23 year-old Austin Blaize, of Francisco, had allegedly been involved in some type of dispute with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. Blaize arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s residence around 7 p.m. and entered through the garage. Blaize allegedly had a handgun and attempted to fire the weapon when he saw the boyfriend, but the weapon failed to fire. There was an altercation inside the residence and while Blaize was exiting he allegedly fired several more rounds.
At least one round struck the girlfriend’s father.
The boyfriend and Blaize both exited the residence and fled the area on foot.
About an hour later, police located Blaize at his grandmother’s residence located in Francisco. Blaize was arrested without incident and taken to the Gibson County Jail.
The 47 year-old father was taken to Deaconess Hospital where he later died from his injury. This is an on-going investigation and criminal charges are expected to be released today.