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Neighbors: ‘there was a guy laying in the street’

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- A man is in the hospital after police say he was stabbed by his girlfriend's son Sunday night.

Police say a man called emergency services from a home in the 2400 block of Ormsby Street on the city's southeast side.

He said he'd been in a fight with his girlfriend when her young teenaged son stabbed him in the back.

"When you're a young child and you see any one of your parents being assaulted or attacked or in a physical altercation, you're going to want to do what you need to do to protect your parent. And it does take an amount of bravery to do that," Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jeremy Webb said.

"I called my friend and she told me there was a guy laying in the street -- and they had just picked him up and took him off to the hospital -- I guess he was laying in the middle of the street," neighbor Carlean Morgan said.

Morgan has lived down the street for the past 48 years.

"It's been pretty quiet but now you just never know. It's been a little bit going on around here a little bit more than it used to be," she said.

Neighbors said they don't know the people living at the home where the fight happened, but say it was unsettling to see all the flashing lights on their street.

"My husband and I are both older people and we need a little quiet and peace. That's riled us up when we see all that going on. You don't know what to think," Morgan said.

Sgt. Webb says if you see an altercation, you have every right to intervene but you first need to decide how comfortable you are with use of force.

"Ideally I would think people want to reach out and help somebody if they see somebody being injured or attacked, but you also don't want to become a victim in the process," he said.

He says you also need to make sure you don't take things too far.

Sgt. Jeremy Webb/Fort Wayne Police Department: "Sometimes when emotions and things are heated and adrenaline is flowing, you might have a situation under control, then you need to stop when the threat stops. But if you keep on going at that point then you can become the aggressor," Webb said.

Once the man got to the hospital, doctors downgraded his condition to life-threatening.

Sgt. Webb says after detectives talked with the young teen, his mother, and the man he stabbed, the boy will not be charged.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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