Man stabbed in back with pitchfork following argument

ST. GEORGE – A gathering of friends turned violent Tuesday afternoon after a man was allegedly stabbed in the back with a pitchfork.

St. George Police were dispatched to a home in the area of 300 North and 300 West around 2:20 p.m. after a witness called 911, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

The incident stemmed from an argument that later escalated out of control, authorities said.

St. George Police officers investigate a residence where a man was stabbed in the back with a pitchfork following an argument, St. George, Utah, Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
St. George Police officers investigate a residence where a man was stabbed in the back with a pitchfork following an argument, St. George, Utah, Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“The end result of the argument is the victim, a 38-year-old male, was initially hit in his arm, forearm area, by a bat,” Trombley said. “And then as he was turning and getting ready to leave, he was stabbed in the back with a pitchfork.”

The alleged attack with the pitchfork left the man with four puncture wounds and a collapsed lung, she said.

The man was able to leave the residence and make his way to 200 North near the St. George Catholic Church before Gold Cross Ambulance located him. He was then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The man’s condition was listed as critical at the time.

The suspect, a man in his late 40s, was detained and taken into custody.

There was no evidence at the time that drugs were involved in the alleged altercation, Trombley said.

The pitchfork was not found until shortly after 4 p.m. during a police search of the residence where the altercation occurred.

Overall, the police don’t respond to stabbings on a regular basis, Trombley said, let alone ones that involved pitchforks.

“I don’t remember a time in my 11-year career that we’ve responded to a pitchfork stabbing,” she said. “This is a bit unusual.”

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

St. George Police officers investigate a residence where a man was stabbed in the back with a pitchfork following an argument, St. George, Utah, Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
St. George Police officers investigate a residence where a man was stabbed in the back with a pitchfork following an argument, St. George, Utah, Oct. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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6 Comments

  • Bob October 25, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    if this involved illegal aliens again i might just throw up, lol… i go check arrest reports lol

  • RealMcCoy October 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

    That was pretty forked up.
    It’s tine we outlawed forks.

  • great success October 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I’m pretty sure this exact scenario played out on episode #21 of Green Acres.

    • DB October 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      And Mr Haney was no where to be found…hmm…

      • .... October 26, 2016 at 11:30 pm

        Neither is Arnold Ziffel …Oh wait wasn’t Arnold one of the pigs that died in the gorge the other day.

  • Jerrell November 20, 2016 at 12:11 am

    I probably won’t see my dad for 15 years cuz of that. I can’t believe that it all happened so fast

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