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City man dies of self-inflicted stab wound

December 16, 1998

stabbing deathBy KERRY FRALEY / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




Hagerstown City Police officers, investigating a report of an assault believed to have stemmed from a domestic situation, witnessed a man fatally stab himself with a knife Tuesday morning, police said.

Police had not released the name of the dead man by Tuesday night, saying family members had not been notified.

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Officers went to Washington County Hospital around 10 a.m. after receiving a report that there had been an assault, apparently resulting from domestic violence, involving a knife, police said in a written release.

Police would not release details about the call that sent them to the hospital, including who might have been assaulted and whether the person had been injured.

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In an attempt to locate the assailant, two officers went with a family member back to the 504 1/2 Salem Ave. apartment, Capt. Robert Voytko said.

They found the man alone in the apartment holding a knife, he said.

The officers were trying to talk to the man when he turned the knife on himself and stabbed himself in what appeared to be the chest area, Voytko said.

Police got the man on the floor and applied first aid, he said.

Voytko said the man was taken to Washington County Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.

City police interviewed witnesses and the officers involved.

David Call, owner of Call's Used Appliances at the other end of the building, said he didn't know the couple, who had moved into the building a little over a month ago.

Call's wife, Kay Call, said she heard the couple had separated.

Having a stabbing occur in the normally quiet building was quite a shock, the Calls said.

Kay Call said she was watching television in the store when she saw an ambulance pull up in front. She said she figured someone was sick.

"Usually, you see wrecks out here. This was a first," she said.




Staff Writer Kimberly Yakowski contributed to this story.

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