Niceville man in coma after allegedly being pushed down stairs

OKALOOSA COUTNY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Niceville man is in critical condition after officials said a Tennessee man pushed him down some stairs for calling his girlfriend foul names.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the scene just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

They said Zachary Charles Laubsch, 24, of Niceville Avenue was a guest at an apartment when he was asked to leave for "being disrespectful".

According to OCSO, witnesses said that while standing at the top of the stairs, Laubsch called a woman at the apartment a foul name, at which point 22-year-old Matthew Strickland of Chattanooga, Tennessee pushed Laubsch down the stairs.

Deputies said Strickland told them he was defending himself after Laubsch reached toward his neck.

OCSO said at last word, Laubsch is in a coma and will need facial reconstruction surgery.

Strickland is charged with aggravated battery leading to great bodily harm.