Monday stabbing may have been in self-defense

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

July 16, 2008 - Police are investigating an altercation that sent one man to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital with stab wounds Monday night.

Police were contacted by emergency room workers Monday after the stabbing victim, a 27-year-old Sulphur Springs man, was brought in for treatment. Officers took photographs of wounds to the top of his head and left side of his face.

From what officers were able to gather, the two men got into an altercation about 8:45 p.m. Monday near the corner of South Moore and Ingram streets.

The victim, who was with a group of other people, had a dog with him. A challenge was issued to the man with the knife to have his dog and the victim's dog fight. At that point, several people from the group began to surround him. A witness later told police it looked like several of the people were about to assault him. At that point, the man pulled out a knife he carries on his belt and stabbed the 27-year-old, then ran from the scene.

The man who was stabbed told police he only wanted to talk to the man about a burglary. The knife-wielder, who was eventually identified and contacted by officers, told police he was in fear of his life when the people began to surround him.

No arrests have been made. The parties involved have been told to stay away from each other while officers conduct their inquiry.

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