Lenoir County investigators say stabbing victim shot attacker

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A man has been arrested and is facing assault charges after authorities say he stabbed another man who then shot him in retaliation.

According to Major Ryan Dawson of the Lenoir County Sheriffs Office, deputies responded to Grifton Hugo Rd. near Sunny Lane around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Upon arrival, they found one victim stabbed with no shooting victim insight.

Relatives identified the victim as 59-year-old Phil Tripp.

Tripp was checking on his dog pens when 68-year-old George Holland jumped a ditch and attacked him with a knife. In an effort to defend himself, he shot Holland in the upper torso.

Holland then fled from the scene.

Due to reports of Holland being armed and mentally unstable, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Special Response Team and Kinston Police Department Swat Team were called to the scene.

About an hour later, the suspect emerged from the woods and surrendered to police.

“He didn’t get out of the house hardly,” said Ray Harris, a neighbor to both men and uncle to Tripp, “he was a stranger to everybody around here.”

Both men were treated for their injuries. Tripp received a 15 inch slash to his side that required dozens of staples.

Holland was taken into custody and is being held without bond.

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