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McDonough man stabbed at detail shop

By Michael Davis

A 42-year-old McDonough man was stabbed Monday at the Right Choice Clean-up Shop on Macon Street during an argument between two employees.

McDonough police said around 1 p.m., Ronnie Goggins was stabbed by 50-year-old Rudolph Brownlee, also of McDonough, with a 2- to 3-inch knife. Police said the incident left a 6-inch gash in Goggins' left side.

McDonough Police Chief Preston Dorsey said the two men had been working outside when the incident occurred and that when police arrived, Brownlee had returned to waxing a van and Goggins was inside holding a towel over his wound.

When paramedics arrived, they noted Goggins' low blood pressure and poor vital signs and he was taken by ambulance to a landing zone at nearby Richard Craig Park. A short time later a Life Flight helicopter landed to take him to Atlanta Medical Center.

A witness at the shop said that he heard the two men arguing and fighting prior to the incident.

"I don't know what they were arguing over," said Cedric Parks, an employee at the detailing shop. "They were yelling at each other and I saw them pushing each other."

He said at first, he did not know that Goggins had been stabbed.

Alanzo Phillips, owner of Right Choice Clean-up Shop, said Brownlee is only an occasional employee.

"I just go pick him up whenever there's work for him," Phillips said. "He just comes in part-time and works until about 12 o'clock."

Detectives said that Brownlee was arrested with three knives, including the knife used in the stabbing.

After questioning by McDonough Police, Brownlee was charged with aggravated assault and taken to Henry County Jail where he remained without bond Monday evening.

Phillips said that he never expected a violent outburst from Brownlee.

"I've known him all of my life," he said. "It was shocking to me."

Dorsey said the incident was likely caused by a "personality difference between the two," and not because of any particular incident.

"They had been arguing all day," he said.