Local Authorities: Brother Stabs Brother in Property Dispute - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Authorities: Brother Stabs Brother in Property Dispute

SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S NEWS RELEASE: A 46-year-old Spokane Valley man was in serious condition at a Spokane hospital's Intensive Care Unit Wednesday after being stabbed in the chest by his 49-year-old brother.

The victim's girlfriend called 911 about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday and reported that her boyfriend was being stabbed by his brother in their apartment at 8910 E. Broadway.

Officers Marc Melville and Jason Karnitz were first to arrive and saw the bloody victim lying on the floor with Christopher Leon Whitney kneeling over him with his left hand raised and holding something.

The suspect did not drop the item or move away at the officers' first commands.  He eventually stood up and they saw a knife clipped to his pants pocket.

The two officers had to physically fight the suspect into handcuffs when he refused to comply with their handcuffing instructions and hid his hands beneath him.  After they removed him from the apartment, Officer Chuck Sciortino arrived and began applying pressure to a single stab wound in the center of the victim's chest.

The victim repeatedly stated that his brother "stabbed me."  Paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a downtown trauma center for treatment.

The victim's girlfriend said the suspect had just been released from jail earlier Tuesday and came over to visit.  The two began arguing over heirlooms and division of some property and ended up physically fighting. 

The four-inch folding knife officers removed from the suspect's pocket was bloody, and they seized it as evidence.

The suspect was driven to a downtown hospital to be checked for injuries prior to being booked into the Spokane County Jail on an Attempted Second-Degree Murder charge.

 

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