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Salem Police Investigate Stabbing

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: March 9th, 2012 3:39 PM

At about 2:45 this morning, Salem Police responded to a report of a disturbance in the 2400 block of Maple Av NE. When officers arrived, they found three people with stab wounds. An unidentified fourth man had fled the scene prior to the arrival of police and his involvement is undetermined at this time.

Michael Wheeler, 30 years of age, who lives at the Maple Av residence, had been outside with his acquaintance Paul Bennett, 35 years of age. They were calling for Wheeler's puppy "Angus" who had wandered away, when two men walked by. There apparently was some confusion about what had been yelled, and some insults were then exchanged. A physical disturbance then broke out during which both Michael Wheeler and Paul Bennett were stabbed. Bennett and Wheeler then attacked a suspect, who is a 51 year old male. His name is being withheld at this time.

All three were transported to Salem Hospital where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol was an apparent contributing factor in this disturbance. The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to telephone Detective Jamie Vasas at (503)540-2352.

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