Police request help in solving stabbing

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Lewisburg Police are investigating a stabbing near the shopping center at the bypass and Nashville Highway on Tuesday afternoon when a Lewisburg man suffered injuries to his left leg and hand.

Jeffrey Mitchell, 20, was taken to Marshall Medical Center, treated and then flown by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where he was released on Wednesday morning, according to Police Detective Sgt. David Henley.

Police appreciate the public's support, Henley said, asking: "Anyone with information relating to this or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at (931) 359-4867 or the Lewisburg Police Criminal Investigations Division at (931) 359-3800." Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are given an identity code to be used for the collection of a reward if the information proves useful.

Police detectives have interviewed a possible suspect and are working to develop further leads. The motive for the stabbing had not been determined by dusk Wednesday. The case is being actively pursued.

The stabbing was behind the Food Lion grocery at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when Mitchell was involved in an altercation with a white male armed with a knife.

"As a result of the altercation Mitchell was stabbed once in the lower back and received other injuries which were non-life threatening," Henley said.

Lewisburg Patrol Officers Kevin Clark, John Christmas and Cpl. Kevin Patin responded to the Marshall County Medical Center at approximately 4:45pm Tuesday and spoke with the victim who was being treated in the Emergency Room.

Those officers determined the victim had been stabbed with a knife and then went to preserve evidence at the crime scene. Detectives were notified and they proceeded with the investigation.

City Police Detective James Johnson is the lead investigator. Detective Scott Braden is assisting, as is Sgt. Henley.