Man stabbed in equine dispute

An Azle man was being treated in a Fort Worth hospital for multiple stab wounds after a dispute over some horses led to a physical fight.

Although the victim’s name has not officially been released, The Azle News has learned he is Emmit “Bubba” Dickey, 56, a lifelong area resident.

Dickey was reported to be in critical condition Thursday morning, March 14, but further information about his condition was not available at press time Tuesday, March 19.

According to a press release issued by Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, the incident occurred in the 800 block of Nation Drive just outside the Azle city limits shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13.

A man told deputies he got a call from the woman who owns the property at that location who told him to remove his horses and other belongings from the property.

The horse owner took several people with him and began removing items when the woman accused him of stealing her property, Fowler said.

A female with the man told dispatchers the property owner began assaulting her and the man.

The woman said she believed the property owner’s son, Dickey, was en route to the location, possibly with a weapon.

According to witness accounts, when Dickey arrived, he displayed a shotgun and pointed it at several people on scene.

An argument between Dickey and the horse owner led to a physical altercation between the men over the weapon.

Dickey’s weapon was removed, but the physical altercation continued between the men and Dickey was stabbed during the altercation.

Dickey was taken to a Fort Worth hospital by air ambulance, and was reported to have suffered multiple stab wounds, according to Fowler’s press release.

The horse owner was detained for further questioning but was later released. At press time, no arrests had been made pending the investigation.

Sheriff’s investigators said several witnesses were on scene during the incident and charges could still be filed.