STANFORD - A local businessman and a former Stanford police officer allegedly were involved in an altercation Sunday outside Durham's Grocery, said police, in what citizens say is a long-standing feud.
Tommy Owens and Mike Southerland, formerly Officer Southerland, argued outside the store, said police. When officers arrived, there was nothing they could do for either side, said Police Chief Keith Middleton, so both parties were referred to the county attorney.
Southerland has since sworn out a summons against Owens accusing him of menacing, said the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department. The summons, which does not place Owens under arrest but requires him to appear in court, has yet to be served. Owens could not be located Monday.
Owens was indicted in 2002 for the assault of two officers, including Southerland. In February of that year, Stanford police responded to a domestic abuse call at the Owens residence. When they arrived, Owens allegedly became combative and struck one officer in the face with a plastic cup, said police reports.