The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

February 24, 2014

Bar fight leads to stabbings

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department responded to a call Sunday morning of a stabbing.

At approximately 2 a.m., officers received a call of an altercation at the Kum & Go on Church Street on the city’s south side. When officers arrived, they discovered the scrum involved two individuals, and one of them had a knife.

According to OPD Chief Tom McAndrew, the two individuals were involved in a fight that apparently stemmed from earlier in the night.

“We think it was an argument that started at a local tavern,” McAndrew said.

He said that the two were apparently arguing at a bar, and when the fight spilled over into the parking lot of Kum & Go, the situation got much more serious when one of the individuals pulled a knife on the other.

McAndrew said that both of the individuals ended up having knife wounds after the fight. The person who pulled the knife apparently had a cut on his leg, which they believed to be self-inflicted, while the other had a cut on his neck, believed to be caused by the other individual.

Both of the fighters were taken to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center, where they were both treated for their wounds then released. McAndrew said there have been no arrests made yet, but investigations are continuing into the case and charges are pending.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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