Charges have not been filed in the investigation of a Christmas gathering that turned violent at the home of a Sumter city councilman on Antlers Drive.
According to an incident report, Robert A. Galiano III, 36, - son of Sumter City Councilman …
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According to an incident report, Robert A. Galiano III, 36, - son of Sumter City Councilman Robert A. Galiano Jr. - had a verbal altercation with a family member when he was allegedly grabbed from behind in a "headlock/choke hold" by another family member, a 43-year-old man.
Galiano III reportedly pulled a knife from his pocket during the struggle and stabbed the man in the lower left part of his abdomen.
The 43-year-old man was transported to Palmetto Health Richland where he was treated for non-fatal wounds and remains in stable condition.
Galiano III - a 2012 candidate for Sumter County Coroner - was transported to Sumter Law Enforcement Center for questioning.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no arrests were made in the assault, and no charges have been filed.
The incident report identifies the actions as assault and battery, first degree, and assault and battery, third degree.
At this point, neither of the men involved have been ruled out as a suspect or as a victim, said Tonyia McGirt, Sumter Police Department public information officer.
The police department's investigation is ongoing as the local agency receives assistance from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
SLED will provide oversight for the investigation, McGirt said. It is not uncommon to have the state agency assist in a local case.
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