City police said they arrested childhood friends over a weekend fight that sent both men to the hospital, one with life-threatening stab wounds from a large survival knife.

The violent fistfight in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coontrap Road started at 12:30 a.m. Sunday as an argument between Tyrone Johnson, 36, 13457 Burnt Pecan Road, Gonzales, and Travis Gustave, 34, 1612 N. Coontrap Road, Apt. 21, Gonzales, city police said Wednesday.

Gonzales Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken said witnesses who watched the brawl escalate reported seeing Gustave leave the fight, go into his Palms apartment and return with a 6-inch-long survival knife.

By the time police investigators arrived, Gustave and Johnson had been taken to a hospital, Nethken said in a news release. He said Johnson had multiple life-threatening stab wounds while Gustave had blunt-force trauma to his face, including several broken facial bones.

Gustave was released from the hospital Sunday and arrested on one count of attempted second-degree murder of Johnson, Nethken said. Johnson was released Tuesday evening and was booked on one of count second-degree battery of Gustave, Nethken said.

Nethken said by email Wednesday that neither man would say what started the fight.

Both Gustave and Johnson were booked into Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville and were awaiting the setting of bail late Wednesday morning, police said.