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2 TJC basketball players facing aggravated assault charges

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Tyler Brunson. (Source: Smith County Jail.) Tyler Brunson. (Source: Smith County Jail.)
Alton Taylor. (Source: Smith County Jail.) Alton Taylor. (Source: Smith County Jail.)

Tyler Junior College has confirmed two basketball players have been charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury.

Freshman Tyler Brunson of Tucker, GA, and freshman Alton Tanner of Katy, were booked in to the Smith County Jail around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Fred Peters, TJC spokesperson, says around 11:30 Tuesday night campus safety officers responded to a fight between two residence halls.

After breaking up the fight, officers called for an ambulance to transport Austin Mansell, of Royse City, to ETMC where he was treated and released.

TJC Campus Police made the arrests.

Peters says Brunson and Tanner have both been suspended, and says other individuals may be disciplined and/or charged in the incident.

"Regardless of involvement in athletics or other student groups, students of TJC are expected to honor the Apache Creed and behave in a civil manner, on campus and off," said Dr. Tim Drain, director of intercollegiate athletics. "We have worked hard the past two years to improve campus civility and provide a safe and orderly environment. We take these issues seriously and have high expectations of all students."

Brunson and Tanner are each held in the Smith County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

An investigation into the incident is on-going.

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