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Update: Man stabbed while trying to defuse argument between coworkers

July 23rd, 2014 6:54 am by Rain Smith

Update: Man stabbed while trying to defuse argument between coworkers

UPDATE: 9:27 a.m.

KINGSPORT — An argument between members of a construction crew staying at a Kingsport motel allegedly led to an attempted murder Tuesday night when police say an individual was stabbed while trying to defuse the altercation between his coworkers.

Richard Mark Thomas, 47, 142 Waterside Lane, Freeport, Fla., was arrested in the incident at the Econo Lodge, 9980 Airport Parkway. Officers from the Kingsport Police Department responded to the scene at about 7 p.m. and found a coworker of Thomas, identified as Eugene Wells, suffering from a life-threatening laceration.

Wells was transported by EMS for emergency medical treatment at Holston Valley Medical Center. Detectives called to investigate the incident subsequently learned it was spurred by an argument between coworkers staying at the motel.

According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, Thomas and another man entered into a "heated exchange" with Wells eventually stepping between the two men. Rather than quelling the altercation, according to police, Wells' actions led Thomas to pull a handgun.

Police say Wells attempted to wrest the gun from Thomas in self-defense, at which time Thomas produced a knife and Wells was stabbed.

Thomas was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted second-degree murder. He was booked into the city jail before being transferred to the Sullivan County Justice Center in Blountville.

Wells, 35, of Princeton, La., remained hospitalized in stable condition as of Wednesday morning.

Patton said police were still investigating the incident, and that it was still unclear what may have sparked the initial argument prior to the incident.

The men had taken up temporary residence at the Econo Lodge while working a construction project in Sullivan County. 


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One person has been hospitalized following a Tuesday night stabbing at a Kingsport motel, while another individual is in custody as a potential suspect.

At approximately 7 p.m. Kingsport police were alerted to the incident at Econo Lodge, 9980 Airport Parkway. KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says that upon arrival officers found a male suffering from at least one stab wound.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. As of early Wednesday morning his condition was not immediately available.

Patton reports that detectives worked the case throughout the night, developing a suspect who is currently in custody. Additional details are expected to be released later in the day.

Check back with for information as it becomes available.

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