An Ardmore man died early Sunday after being stabbed during an altercation with another man at a Bell Street apartment complex.

 


An Ardmore man died early Sunday after being stabbed during an altercation with another man at a Bell Street apartment complex.

 

Neither the name of the victim nor the assailant was released Sunday. However, Police Chief Paul Harris said both are  “about”  21 years old and both are Hispanic.

 

Harris said the suspect was arrested at the scene and was detained at the Love County Jail pending murder charges. The victim’s body was sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

 

Harris said evidence indicates the two men apparently began arguing at a Northpark Apartment Complex residence between 4 and 4:30 a.m.

 

“We got a call from people at Northpark requesting assistance about 5:15 a.m. and indicating there had been a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found the two (victim and assailant) still wrestling and rolling around on the ground,” Harris said.

 

The victim appeared to have sustained neck wounds. However, the chief said it was not clear exactly how many times he had been stabbed.

 

“We will await the autopsy report for that information to be confirmed,” Harris said.

 

The victim was taken by ambulance to Mercy Health Love County. A short time later he was airlifted en route to an Oklahoma City medical facility.

 

“He went into cardiac arrest and the helicopter landed in Ardmore. He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Ardmore,” Harris said.

 

While the suspect has been jailed, authorities are continuing their probe in order to establish a motive for the attack.

 

“We are still trying to nail it down. What we know for sure is that witnesses heard loud noises and screaming,” the chief said.

 

During the preliminary stages of the investigation Sunday, Harris said he requested assistance from the OSBI.

 

“An agent came down from Oklahoma City, looked at how it had been handled — evidence collection, interviews and reports and said we didn’t need her. In fact, she said she was very pleased a small department, like ours, could handle it all correctly.

 

It’s a real feather in our cap,” Harris said. “The officers deserve praise for the way they handled this. They did an exceptionally good job. We are also very appreciative of the backup we received from the Love County Sheriff’s Department.”

 

The chief said he planned to meet with prosecutors at the district attorney’s office today to review the case.

 

“We will go forward after we have talked with the DA,” he said.

 

Marsha Miller 221-6529