According to Lt. Tony Thomason, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, the first 911 call was placed by Dewayne Dickens, of 615 N. 16th St. Moments later, a second call was received from Shun Richards, who reported he had been stabbed and was at the intersection of Lyndon and 16th streets.
Officers dispatched to the area found Richards wounded, but conscious.
Authorities say Richards did not say how he sustained the stab wound, but did say, “I’m dying.”
Thomason said the first responding officers — Sgt. Richard Joiner, Cpl. Luke Fletcher and patrolman Stacy Beckon — worked to stabilize Richards while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance.
“Without their prompt response and first-aid efforts, Richards may have succumbed to his injuries at the scene. They arrived on the scene and attended to Richards, attempting to stop the bleeding, and used their first-responder training to prevent shock (while) awaiting Emergency Medical Services’ arrival for advanced treatment,” Thomason said. “I praise their life-saving efforts. Without their efforts, we may have been investigating a death.”
Richards was subsequently airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he underwent surgery and remains hospitalized.
“My understanding, based on reports from the doctors, is that Richards is in critical, but stable, condition,” Thomason said.
Officials say the investigation into the dispute believed to have involved three or four individuals at Dickens’ residence is ongoing.