KILLEEN (July 2, 2013)--One man was in critical condition at a local hospital Tuesday, a second man was recovering from a knife wound and investigators were trying to determine whether a fire that destroyed the home outside of Killeen where the violence occurred was set deliberately.
Authorities earlier said a woman was stabbed in the incident, but issued a correction Tuesday evening.
Deputies and Killeen police officers were sent just after 7:30 p.m. Monday to the house at 2859 Chaparral Road south of Killeen in response to a report of a violent disturbance.
When deputies arrived, they saw blood on the front porch and determined that a man was barricaded inside the house near the front door, Bell County sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said.
While authorities engaged the man at the front door, other deputies were able to enter through a rear door, Adams said.
They discovered that the house was on fire, and took the man into custody and out of the burning home, Adams said.
The man, whom Adams identified as Wayne Eugene Remaley, 58, of Leander, had been shot in the face.
He was flown by helicopter to Scott & White Hospital in Temple where he was in critical condition Tuesday evening.
The violence stemmed from an argument between Remaley and the resident of the house, Susanne Lawrence, 54, Adams said.
Paul G. McDonald, 49, was stabbed when he tried to intervene in the fight between the two and a fourth man shot Remaley while trying to defend him, Adams said.
Charles Lawrence, 57, who listed the house where the incident occurred as his address, went to the Killeen Police Department at around 10:30 p.m. Monday and told officers he was involved in the incident and was attempting to defend his friend, who had been stabbed, Adams said.
Paul McDonald was treated at Metroplex Hospital and was later released.
Deputies have answered disturbance calls at the home in the past and Susanne Lawrence had an emergency protective order against Remaley at the time of the incident Monday night, Adams said.
Fire investigators with an accelerant-sniffing dog were at the home Tuesday trying to determine how the fire started.
Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey said it appears the fire was set deliberately, but said he won’t know for sure until he gets the results of lab tests.
No charges have been filed.