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.
“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.”
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