Machete, bamboo spear used in fight between neighbors

Machete, bamboo spear used in fight between neighbors

POSTED: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 10:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 10:04pm

What do you do when confronted by a neighbor armed with a machete? Grab your bamboo spear, naturally.

A fight between neighbors turned violent when witnesses said a man pulled out a machete at a Gresham apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to an apartment complex near the intersection of East Burnside Street and 162nd Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors said the man with the machete confronted his neighbor during an argument. The man's neighbor then grabbed a bamboo spear from his apartment.

Witnesses said the men began swinging the weapons at each other in the courtyard of the apartment complex.

"They got up close to each other and the guy with the machete made another gesture and that's when the guy with the stick clocked him right in his jaw," said Wilbert Reed, who witnessed the fight. "He spun around and fell onto his own machete."

Neighbors said both men were injured in the fight and police arrested one of them.

Witnesses believed the fight was over prescription drugs.

Gresham police did not return any of FOX 12's calls to confirm the information from neighbors.

There's no word on the current condition of the two men.

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