POLSON – Police here arrested a 35-year-old man Wednesday evening after responding to a report of a disturbance in progress in an alley, and finding two people who had been assaulted with a hammer.

One of the victims, Polson Assistant Police Chief Clinton Cottle said, sustained a head injury and was unresponsive at the scene. Polson Police Chief Wade Nash described the man’s injuries as “life-threatening.”

The 67-year-old male was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson and then flown to Kalispell Regional Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.

Charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon was Desmond Mackay of Polson.

Cottle said a second victim, a 36-year-old Polson resident, pinned Mackay to the ground and held him until officers arrived. That person sustained minor injuries during the attack.

The fight was reported to 9-1-1 at approximately 7:11 p.m. Wednesday. The caller said the fight was in progress in the alley behind 509 Fourth Ave. E.

Cottle said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or by email at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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