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Fight leaves man dead in Elizabethtown

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It sounds like something from a Shakespeare tragedy. One man is dead, and another seriously injured after a late-night fight in Elizabethtown; a daughter is left in the middle.

Rumor ran rampant through Elizabethtown Friday after a fight between members of two well-known families left one of the men dead.

“Everybody is impacted, because they either know the family or they know the children, and you realize bad things can happen to good people,” said Danny Ellis of Elizabethtown.

Police say 22-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Rick Carroll next to the boat ramp at Tory Hole Park Thursday night.

“This is an unfortunate situation for both parties, for the families, and the community, because both families are known here, and are well liked,” said Elizabethtown Police Chief Robert Kinlaw.

Folks in the town say Carroll did not approve of the fact that Stoker was dating Carroll’s 18-year-old daughter. Sources say Carroll and Stoker arranged to meet at the boat ramp to settle their differences in person.

“We certainly hate to hear about any kind of violence or somebody being shot in our small town,” Ellis said.

Police found two weapons at the scene; the handgun used to shoot Carroll and a lead pipe investigators believe Carroll used to beat Caleb Stoker.

Carroll’s role in the fight could play a big part in determining how investigators charge his accused killer. Stoker could face charges ranging from self-defense to first-degree murder.

According to 9-1-1 records, the first call from the scene of the fight came in from Caleb Stoker.

He is out of the hospital tonight.

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videoIt sounds like something from a Shakespeare tragedy. One man is dead, and another seriously injured after a late-night fight in Elizabethtown; a daughter is left in the middle.

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