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2 injured in Monday stabbing

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

COREY NOLES-cnoles@dailystatesman.com An Air-Evac helicopter is shown landing on the grounds of a church along Highway 60 Monday morning in close proximity to a rural residence where two males suffered stab wounds during an altercation there. One remains in serious condition at a Cape Girardeau hospital.
Two men were injured during a stabbing that occurred Monday morning on County Road 527.

According to Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner, deputies were dispatched to the scene shortly after 9 a.m. Monday morning.

He stated that apparently two family members had become engaged in a heated argument. While there is no word as to what the argument was about, at some point one man stabbed the other.

Following the initial wound, it seems that the suspect in the stabbing appears to have stabbed himself.

One of the two men then called for an ambulance.

The victim in the incident, identified as David Blankenship, received multiple stab wounds in the altercation. He was taken by ambulance to Rivers of Life Church on Hwy. 60 where they awaited the arrival of a helicopter to transport him.

He was then taken by Air-Evac to St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau to be treated for his injuries. Hefner said he understands Blankenship underwent surgery on Monday evening and is currently in ICU.

Hefner said the name of the suspect would not be released until formal charges have been filed, but he did verify that charges are forthcoming.

Three agencies reported to the scene of the crime, including the Stoddard County Sheriff's Department, Stoddard County Ambulance District and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Look for more on this story in future editions of The Daily Statesman.

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