Dalton Police Make 2 Arrests In Stabbing Incident

Monday, September 9, 2013
Bruce Walter Bender
Bruce Walter Bender

The Dalton Police Department arrested two people on Sunday evening in relation to a fight that ended with the stabbing of one victim.  Bruce Walter Bender and Paul Walter Bender, both 19 and both of 1409 Threadmill Drive in Dalton, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 

The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Sunday morning. The victim in the case, Eddie Meraz, went to the emergency room at Hamilton Medical Center and reported that he had been shot.  

Investigators later determined that Meraz had actually been stabbed with some sort of knife and was not shot. One of the victim’s friends reported that a group of friends was traveling home from a wedding when it noticed a car tailgating it near Altamont Road. The victim’s friend reported hearing gun shots, and that at one point Meraz fell out of the car. Meraz’s friend told investigators that when they met at their home, he told friends that he thought he had been shot.  They drove him to the hospital where they met police. The victims identified the other party as the Bender brothers, who they knew from school and also previous disputes. 

This incident is being investigated by the Dalton Police Department.  

Paul Walter Bender
Paul Walter Bender

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