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Distress Call Sparks Altercation: Overview of the Incident
On February 1st, 2024, Deputy Tyler Lafferty from the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a distress call reporting an altercation with weapons involved at the Left Hand Fork of Johnson Rd.
Witness Perspectives: Accounts of the Altercation
Upon arrival, Deputy Lafferty made contact with Mr. Terrick Duchnouski, who recounted a sequence of events involving a confrontation on the property of his uncle, Mr. Richard Duchnouski, alongside two other individuals. Terrick alleged that the altercation ensued with Mr. Daniel Armstrong and Mr. Richard Duchnouski, resulting in injuries to himself, including stab wounds to his right arm bicep and stomach.
Deputy Lafferty’s Report: Detailed Event Description
In his statement to Appalachia Insider, Deputy Lafferty detailed Mr. Richard Duchnouski’s perspective, stating that he had just returned home when he heard the commotion outside involving Terrick and the other men, who purportedly made threatening remarks likening themselves to the Hatfields and Richard to the McCoys.
According to Deputy Lafferty’s report, Richard claimed that Terrick charged at him, prompting him to defend himself with a small baseball bat, leading to a physical altercation between the two. It was during this altercation that Daniel allegedly intervened, ultimately stabbing Terrick.
Legal Consequences: Charges and Arrests
Subsequently, Mr. Stephen Duchnouski reportedly joined the fray, striking Richard multiple times in the abdomen. Deputy Lafferty arrived at the scene shortly after, bringing an end to the altercation.
Mr. Terrick Duchnouski disputed Richard’s account, labeling it as unfounded. However, Richard claimed to possess video evidence of the incident, which he promised to provide to the Sheriff’s Office.
As a result of the altercation, Mr. Terrick Duchnouski was arrested on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, while Mr. Stephen Duchnouski faced charges of Assault in the Fourth Degree, despite lacking visible injuries. Mr. Daniel Armstrong fled the scene, prompting the issuance of a warrant for his arrest.
Ongoing Inquiry: Sheriff’s Office Investigation
All individuals involved are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the incident.
For further updates, stay tuned to Appalachia Insider and official law enforcement channels.