Man stabbed with sword

August 18, 2003|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Hagerstown - A stabbing at a downtown apartment Sunday left a city man with life-threatening injuries and a second man in police custody, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Michael Brandon Barnett, 21, of 113 E. Franklin St., Apt. B, suffered a stab wound to the lower abdomen in the incident, which occurred around 10 p.m., according to a press release from the police department.

Barnett was undergoing surgery Sunday night at Washington County Hospital and his condition was unknown, the release said.

Renner said a man identified as a suspect in the stabbing was taken into custody without incident inside the apartment. The man's identity was not released late Sunday.


The men apparently knew each other, and multiple people witnessed the stabbing, said Sgt. Mark Renner of the Hagerstown Police Department.

City police believe a 3-foot-long decorative sword was used during an altercation at the residence.

Less than 20 minutes after the stabbing, emergency workers yelled frantically for a crowd of people gathered outside the building to clear a path as they removed the victim from the property on a gurney.

"It's a pretty serious injury," Renner said. "According to the ambulance, it is life-threatening."

Renner said Barnett and an uninjured female, who may have been in the residence at the time of the incident, were taken to Washington County Hospital.

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