GREAT FALLS – The victim of an assault in Great Falls on Tuesday has been declared brain-dead.
Cascade County Attorney Josh Racki said in court on Wednesday afternoon that the victim was brain-dead. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.
Darionn Tyler Douglas was charged with aggravated assault on Wednesday, but additional charges may be filed if the victim dies.
The incident occurred at a residence near the intersection of 7th Avenue South and 12th Street, near Longfellow Elementary School.
Court documents state that when police officers arrived, emergency medical personnel were “working on a male who appeared to be in serious distress.”
Officers talked with Douglas, who said that he had been in a fight with the man who was now unconscious. Officers noted that Douglas had an injury to his nose and a chipped tooth.
Douglas told police that he and the other man had been drinking and began arguing, which “evolved into a mutual challenge to fight.” Douglas said that the other man hit him first, breaking his nose and chipping his tooth.
Douglas said that he then kicked the victim in the face, knocking him out.
According to court documents, Douglas told police that he then “repeatedly punched, elbowed and kneed (the victim) in the face.”
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