2 men end up stabbed, shot after domestic incident in Fort Payne

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said two men ended up hospitalized after a violent incident on Saturday, May 14.  Deputies were called to a possible stabbing and shooting at a home on County Road 51 in Fort Payne.

Matthew Lucas, 33, of Gadsden had been stabbed.  He was taken to DeKalb Regional Medical Center by the DeKalb Ambulance Service, and then flown to Erlanger Hospital.

Collinsville Police later found Horace Whittaker, 40, in their town.  He is also from Gadsden and had gunshot wounds.  Whittaker was flown to Huntsville Hospital.

Both men are expected to survive.  Whittaker is the estranged husband of the woman who owns the home where Lucas was stabbed.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said this will be investigated as a domestic violence incident, and will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review of pending charges.

“This is a tragic incident that has occurred and we are glad that they are in stable condition. I would like to thank the deputies, investigators and Collinsville Police Department for the great job they did on this case,” said Sheriff Harris.