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Florida Man Accused Of Stabbing Victim With Pitchfork During Heated Argument

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Source: Lake City Police Department; Unsplash

Apr. 6 2023, Published 3:23 p.m. ET

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A man in Florida is in custody after police say he allegedly stabbed a person with a pitchfork during a disagreement.

Around 8:30 a.m. on March 20, officers in Lake City responded to a call about a stabbing at a residence, police said.

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Once at the scene, officers located a 49-year-old victim suffering from wounds to his neck and head, officials said.

Medical personnel transported the victim to a trauma unit at a local hospital.

Detectives spoke with witnesses, who reportedly identified the suspect as Ryan Paul McCartney, 37. Witnesses said the victim and McCartney got into a verbal disagreement and McCartney allegedly got “upset and threw a pitchfork at the victim.”

Authorities said McCartney then fled the scene on foot and police obtained a warrant for his arrest.

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On March 23, the Lake City Police announced McCartney had been found and was taken into custody.

He was charged with attempted second-degree murder and is being held at the Columbia County Jail on $200,000 bond.

KIRO reported that the victim’s girlfriend said he had undergone hours of surgery to “repair his esophagus, surrounding soft tissue” and his ear, but there have been no further updates about his condition.


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