Marietta police seek stabbing suspect

MARIETTA – A man was stabbed in broad daylight Thursday near the apartment complex where he’s been staying with a family member, Marietta Police said.

Police were still seeking a suspect Thursday afternoon.

Scott A. Shankland, 43, was walking up Ridgewood Drive from the Ridgewood Court apartments around 1:45 p.m. Thursday when a gray car stopped nearby, Marietta Police Capt. Jeff Waite said.

“A slender, tall, dark-haired male jumped out, came over to him and stabbed him in the lower (left) quadrant,” Waite said, indicating the stomach area.

The suspect then got back in his vehicle and left the scene, Waite said. A couple of people happened upon Shankland soon thereafter and called the police.

Shankland was conscious and alert when officers responded, Waite said. He was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital, where he was in surgery Thursday afternoon, the captain said.

While Shankland told police he didn’t recognize his assailant, “we don’t believe it to be random,” Waite said.

The police didn’t expect to be able to question Shankland again until today.

The site of the stabbing was cordoned off with crime-scene tape, and some Ridgewood residents had to wait a while before getting into their homes.

Police searched the scene. Washington County sheriff’s deputies brought a K-9 unit to search for a weapon “in case one had been thrown,” Waite said.

No weapon was discovered, he said.

Shankland has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11 in Marietta Municipal Court on a third-degree misdemeanor charge of unlawful restraint involving an ex-girlfriend, Waite said. He was arrested on Sept. 10 and pleaded not guilty on Sept. 16.

Waite said there’s no indication that incident is related to what happened Thursday. The investigation is continuing.

Ridgewood apartments resident Jeff Oliver, 33, said he wouldn’t be surprised to hear about drug activity in the area, but physical violence was another matter.

“That there kind of shocked me,” he said.

Belpre resident Chad Brandt, 37, stopped by the apartment complex, where he used to live, Thursday afternoon to find out what happened.

“It just shows the sad … evolution of today’s society,” he said.

Neither Brandt nor Oliver knew Shankland.

On the scene after the stabbing was 17-year-old Marietta High School student Austin Yoho, who was in his second week of ridealongs with the police department. It was the first time he’d been in the car when such an incident happened.

“Kind of scary, ’cause you go from zero to 60 miles an hour in about a second,” said Yoho, who is participating in the ridealongs for a class and is interested in a career in law enforcement.