Sheriff: Argument over a dog escalates into deadly fight

Sheriff: Argument over a dog escalates into deadly fight

THIBODAUX, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said an argument between two men over a dog led to a fight, which resulted in the death of one of the men.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office reported Danny Breaux, 38, of Raceland, faces a murder charge following the death of Cuong Tran, 39, of Thibodaux.

Deputies said it happened near Tran's home on Tuesday around 4:15 p.m.

Sheriff Craig Webre said investigators were called out to a man lying on the side of Eauclair Drive in Thibodaux. He added responding deputies found the victim unresponsive with severe trauma to the head.

Authorities said the man, later identified as Tran, was taken to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center by ambulance, but because his injuries were so severe, he was later flown by helicopter to University Hospital in New Orleans.

According to deputies, Tran and Breaux were at Tran's house and discussed Breaux buying a dog from Tran. They said Breaux later left Tran's house with the dog without paying for it. They added Tran called Breaux about the dog.

Investigators reported Breaux went back to Tran's neighborhood, called him into the street and the two started arguing. At some point, Breaux allegedly punched Tran in the face and he fell to the pavement, hitting his head on the street.

It is believed Breaux hit Tran in the face several times while he lay motionless on the road. Deputies said Breaux left the neighborhood a short time later and refused to meet with them when they contacted him about the incident.

An attempted second-degree murder warrant was issued for Breaux's arrest and the Westwego Police Department in Jefferson Parish took him into custody Tuesday night.

Webre said Tran died from his injuries at the hospital Wednesday morning. Breaux will be transferred from Jefferson Parish to Lafourche Parish at some time in the afternoon.

He will be booked on a charge of second-degree murder. His bond is set at $500,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

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