An argument between neighbors in the Spokane Valley Tuesday night ended with a man being stabbed with a sword, sheriff’s deputies say.
Deputies arrived at a home in the 19000 block of East Marlin Drive at 9:50 p.m. to find Jason Abbott lying in the front yard, wounded in the abdomen, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release said. Witnesses told them 58-year-old Glenn Heister, who lives at the residence with Abbott’s mother, stabbed Abbott during an argument.
Heister was not there, but when police contacted him by phone he voluntarily returned to the scene and told police he stabbed Abbott because he feared for his life, the release said. He said Abbott had struck him with a metal coat hook and a pipe, so he picked up a sword he kept in his room and stabbed Abbott in an attempt to push him out of his room.
Abbott was treated at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for a stomach wound. In a statement at the hospital, Abbott told police Heister charged him and he tried to hold Heister to the ground. Abbott said he tried to leave the residence, but Heister grabbed the sword and stabbed him, the release said.
No arrests were made, but the investigation is ongoing. Abbott was listed in stable condition this morning.