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CHICAGO HEIGHTS — A fight in an intersection early Saturday led to the stabbing death of a Northwest Indiana man and left a Ford Heights man wounded, police said.

Chicago Heights police responded about 5:30 a.m. to Joe Orr Road and State Street for a report of several people fighting.

Officers didn't find anyone at the intersection, but later learned a stabbing victim had been located in the 1600 block of East 14th Street in Ford Heights.

The victim, a 29-year-old Ford Heights man, was taken to St. James Hospital Chicago Heights and later to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for treatment of stab wounds to the back.

Police then learned a man — identified as Dalton Rhyne, 27, of Highland — was at Franciscan Dyer Health hospital receiving treatment for a stab wound to the chest, police said.

The Lake County coroner's office listed Rhyne as a 26-year-old Munster man. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 6:37 p.m. Saturday. A coroner's release said his manner of death was pending further investigation.

Chicago Heights police located a crime scene and asked Illinois State Police to assist in processing evidence, Police Chief Thomas Rogers said.

The Chicago Heights detective division and South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force were investigating. Anyone with information about the stabbings is asked to call detectives at 708-756-6422.


Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.