Published: April 30, 2021


EARLY THIS MORNING, AT APPROXIMATELY 1:07 AM, OFFICERS WITH THE FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT IN THE 100 BLOCK OF NORTH COURT STREET. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS LOCATED A TWENTY-NINE YEAR OLD MALE WITH STAB WOUNDS TO THE ABDOMEN. FIRST AID WAS BEING PROVIDED BY AN OFF-DUTY LAUDERDALE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY AND HELEN KELLER NURSE. BYSTANDERS DETAINED DUSTIN BLAKE GARNER, 34, OF ROGERSVILLE AND IDENTIFIED HIM AS THE OFFENDER. GARNER WAS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT FIRST AND IS BEING HELD AT THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WITH A $30,000 BOND. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO HUNTSVILLE HOSPITAL BY AIR AMBULANCE. THE VICTIM'S STATUS IS UNKNOWN AT THE TIME OF THIS RELEASE.