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Court records: Hagerstown man stabbed himself to get attention from his wife

November 29, 2011

A Hagerstown man has been charged with making a false statement to an officer after he claimed that someone stabbed him in the leg Sunday at his Maryland Avenue home.

James Edward Pierce, 43, later told authorities that he stabbed himself to get attention from his wife, according to Washington County District Court records.

When Hagerstown police officers responded to Pierce’s home at 931 Maryland Ave. about 9:16 p.m., Pierce was sitting on a couch with a stab wound in his right leg, the court records said.

Pierce, who also had multiple lacerations on both arms, told police that the incident started when someone knocked on his door. Pierce said he told the person he did not want to talk to him, and the male stabbed him in the leg, police and records said.

An officer found a knife with blood on it on a dresser in an upstairs bedroom, and a knife sheath was found under the couch, the records said.

At Meritus Medical Center, Pierce said he was depressed because of failing health, and acknowledged that he stabbed himself to get attention from his wife, the records said.

About 10 officers had searched the neighborhood for a stabbing suspect before Pierce told authorities he stabbed himself, police said.

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