PARKERSBURG - One man has been hospitalized after a stabbing on Grafton Street during a fight Thursday afternoon, officials said.
James Patrick Bruce Jr., 28, of Parkersburg was stabbed in the neck during a fight involving two other people, said Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin. Authorities believe the weapon was a fallen branch from a tree on Grafton Street, said Martin.
Officers from the Parkersburg Police Department responded to a call about the stabbing in the 800 block of Grafton Street at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, said Martin.
Bruce and two others were involved in a fight in the street, said Martin. Police believe that Bruce was the aggressive party in the fight that resulted in his stabbing, said Martin.
It is believed that one of the others picked up a branch that had fallen from a tree and used it in self-defense, said Martin. At some point during the fight, the branch punctured Bruce's neck, said Martin.
The wound was not believed to be life threatening, although it did require surgery, said Martin.
Bruce was transported to Camden Clark Medical Center for his injuries, said Martin. He was listed in good condition Thursday evening.
The names of the other two people have not been released, but all involved have been identified by police, said Martin.
No charges have been filed as of Thursday evening against those involved in the fight, said Martin. The incident is still under investigation, he said.