A fight at a motel in Madisonville turned into what police are now saying was a murder.
Madisonville Police responded to a 911 call from the Western Lodge Motel on Main Street Saturday evening.
A party inside a motel-room on Main Street is believed to have quickly transpired to a desperate call for help.
Dispatch: “911 What's your emergency?”
911 Caller: “Please hurry! Please come to the Western Lodge…”
Dispatch: “What's going on?
911 Caller: “There's a big fight out here. This dude has a hammer.”
The 911 caller says she was nearly attacked inside her motel room by 31-year old Gilbert Dominguez of Navasota.
911 Caller: “He tried beating me up and then this other guy came in and helped me.”
Madisonville Police Chief Chuck May says that guy was 55-year old William Brent of Leon County. Brent stepped in to help the woman, but police say Gilbert subsequently hit Brent multiple times in the head with the hammer.
“Our guys were on scene in three minutes and found the two men in the parking lot," said Chief May.
A Texas Ranger and the Madison County Sheriff's Office were called in to assist.
Inside the motel room investigators found marijuana, crystal meth and other drug paraphernalia.
"Luckily, the guy was still alive when he said he had been hit in the head,” explained Chief May. “We got a dying declaration more or less; he didn't know he was dying, but neither did we.”
Chief May said other than a small bruise on the right side of Brent’s head and a very small scratch on the right side of his neck, he appeared coherent. However, during questioning Brent suffered a seizure. The officers on scene administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Brent died at a nearby hospital.
Dominguez was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Because of the autopsy results, the investigation turned into a homicide probe.
News 3 received a call from a woman who claims she made that 911 call. However, she wouldn't describe her relationship with Dominguez or the man who police say died as a result of breaking up the fight.
“We found some drug paraphernalia on her and filed some drug charges on her,” said May.
The evidence, including the results of the autopsy, is being handed over to the District Attorney's office.
“We put the suspect in jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon pending the outcome of the coroner’s report,” said May. “Depending on the nature of the report, he [Dominguez] could be charged with murder, manslaughter or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
"Whether or not the blow to the head was instrumental in causing the seizure, that caused a blood clot, then that’s homicide," he continued. "But the stress of the fight and everything else and rolling around in the parking lot could have been the cause of the seizure. But regardless the confrontation caused the man’s death. But does that warrant murder charges being filed? That’s not my call. That’s up to the DA.”