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Long-running feud culminates in fatal stabbing

  • Published Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at 12 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at 2:55 p.m.

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A long-running feud culminated in a deadly fight at a house party in southeast Wichita early Sunday morning, police said.

The two men at the center of the feud were both at the party in the 2000 block of South White Oak, Wichita police Lt. Scott Heimerman said. That’s just northeast of Pawnee and Rock Road.

Tan Nguyen got into a fight with friends of his brother’s rival, and at one point his brother produced a gun, Heimerman said. The rival responded by pulling out a knife and stabbing Nguyen shortly before 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

A police report states Nguyen, 27, was stabbed once in the right side. He was driven by private vehicle to Via Christi Hospital on East Harry, where he walked into the hospital, Heimerman said. Police were called to the hospital at about the same time a 911 call reporting a disturbance with a weapon came in from the address on White Oak.

After evaluation, Nguyen was transferred to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. He died while undergoing surgery, according to the report.

The suspect, 29-year-old Dat Nguyen, left the scene immediately after the stabbing, Heimerman said. He is not related to the victim.

Investigators talked to more than 30 people who were at the party, and from those interrogations police were able to identify the suspect.

“We were very pleased with the level of cooperation that occurred in this case,” Heimerman said. “It does not always happen that way.”

Dat Nguyen was arrested at about 8 a.m. Sunday at his residence, police records show. He surrendered without incident, Heimerman said.

Tan Nguyen’s brother, Minh, was arrested for threatening the suspect and a second person with a gun.

Investigators “have an idea” what prompted the feud, Heimerman said, but that information is not being released to the public at this time. Not one of the people involved in the dispute Sunday has links to a gang, he said.

Tan Nguyen’s death increases the city’s homicide total to 23 for 2012.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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