Police: Man stabbed while defending dog from knife attack in LaVerkin

LaVerkin — A LaVerkin man was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly stabbing a man and a dog.

A mobile home is taped off after an alleged stabbing on 300 North in LaVerkin, Utah, June 15, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Christian McKusick, 27, was charged with 2nd-degree felony aggravated assault, 3rd-degree felony possession of a weapon by a category I person and class A misdemeanor aggravated animal cruelty.

At 9 a.m. officers were dispatched to the reported stabbing at a mobile home in LaVerkin on 300 North, LaVerkin Police Sgt. Amber Crouse said.

Officers arrived to find a man and his dog injured following the alleged attack. The man suffered stab wounds to the head and neck and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment, Crouse said, adding that the dog was also stabbed in the neck and was taken to an emergency veterinarian by a family member.

At the time of the incident, McKusick and the man were arguing, Crouse said, explaining that during the verbal altercation, the suspect stabbed the dog with a knife.

Christian McKusick, 27, of LaVerkin, booking photo posted in Washington County, Utah, June 15, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“The victim said that when the suspect stabbed the dog, he was trying to defend the dog and was stabbed, too — twice,” Crouse said.

McKusick fled the trailer on foot immediately after the incident, Crouse said.

The suspect was spotted by police a short time later and was taken into custody without incident.

The dog was treated at the veterinary clinic and has since been released, while the man is being treated at the hospital as of Saturday afternoon.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. McKusick was transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility where he remains on $25,000 bail at the time of this report.

LaVerkin Police were assisted by officers from Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hurricane Police and Springdale Police.

This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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