Family argument in Sumter ends in Christmas stabbing

Otherwise a quiet holiday, officials say

By ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 12/27/17

Not all was quiet in Sumter on Christmas after an argument that turned physical, and a 43-year-old man was left with non-fatal stab wounds.

The argument occurred between two family members - the 43-year-old and a 36-year-old man - shortly after 3 …

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Family argument in Sumter ends in Christmas stabbing

Otherwise a quiet holiday, officials say

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Not all was quiet in Sumter on Christmas after an argument that turned physical, and a 43-year-old man was left with non-fatal stab wounds.

The argument occurred between two family members - the 43-year-old and a 36-year-old man - shortly after 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Antlers Drive, in the Wilson Hall area.

Witnesses said the two were involved in an ongoing, unspecified disagreement, according to a news release from the Sumter Police Department.

The man who was stabbed was transported to Palmetto Health Richland, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

He is in stable condition, said Tonyia McGirt, Sumter Police Department public information officer.

The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released when it is available.

McGirt said the majority of Sumter residents had a less eventful holiday in other areas of the city.

There were no other major incidents, she said.

McGirt provided the following advice in the hopes of making sure Sumterites enjoy the end of the year without incident.

Drivers should take more caution this time of year and watch for children enjoying their new toys, she said.

McGirt also encouraged residents to dispose of packaging in more discrete ways - such as tearing up TV boxes - to prevent unwanted attention to new goodies.

And lock your vehicles, she said.

She also urged people to not drink before getting behind the wheel and to not drive distracted, especially with New Year's Eve around the corner.

As always, officers will be looking for drivers not adhering to safety laws, she said. Residents should also report drivers who are breaking the law.

Please provide details of the vehicle such as make, model, color and the location of the vehicle, she said.

In other areas throughout the county, Sumter residents had an ordinary Christmas that shocked even deputies.

People were really good this Christmas, said Ken Bell, public information officer for Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Most of the violations caught at checkpoints involved people not wearing seat belts, he said. The sheriff's office's Community Action Team was surprised by that, too, he said.

In an effort to the finish the year on the same note, Bell said the sheriff's office will have multiple checkpoints set up throughout the county on New Year's Eve.

Teams will be moving the checkpoints to different areas to watch for drunk drivers and other people who could be making the roads unsafe, he said.

Along those same holiday weekend lines, no major incidents were reported by Sumter Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to medical calls but nothing related to Christmas tree fires or fireworks, said Battalion Chief Joey Duggan.

There were a few brush fires caused by control burns, he said, but nothing else.