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BBQ fork used as weapon in Iredell County stabbing, deputies say

Thomas Freeland, left, and Michael England (WSOC photos)

CLEVELAND, N.C. - A man used a BBQ fork to stab another man, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a stabbing call Saturday afternoon on Rowan Road in Cleveland and found Thomas Freeland suffering from stab wounds and Michael England suffering from facial injuries.

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Witnesses told deputies that England threw a brick into the windshield of Freeland's Cadillac. Threats were exchanged between the two men, and then a fight broke out, according to witnesses.

At some point during the fight, England brandished a BBQ fork and began stabbing Freeland, investigators said.

Both men were taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

England is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Freeland is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and was also served a probation violation.

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