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Details sketchy after fight in park

Two men were injured while fighting over a loaded gun Monday afternoon when one of them allegedly tried to quell a domestic dispute involving the other man and his girlfriend at Fichtner-Mainwaring Park in southwest Medford.

One of the injured men was allegedly "pistol-whipped" by the other injured man, who suffered blunt trauma during the 4:17 p.m. melee that was witnessed by several people at the Holmes Avenue park, according to the Medford Police Department.

"It was pretty chaotic out there," police Lt. Tim Doney said.

When officers arrived, they detained one man who police believe produced the weapon — a loaded semi-automatic handgun, which witnesses found in the park's grass, police said.

Neither man was immediately identified, Doney said.

The suspect was taken by ambulance to Providence Medford Medical Center for treatment, while the other man was sent by ambulance to Rogue Valley Medical Center.

No condition reports were available Monday evening as investigators tried to sift through the events of the fight, police said.

Initial reports to police claim the fight started between the suspect and a woman, allegedly over a child-custody issue, police said. The suspect allegedly struck the woman before at least two nearby men intervened, police said.

At some time during the fight, one man produced the gun, police said.

No other information was available at press time Monday.