Prosecutors decline to file charges after stabbing in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Prosecutors have declined to file charges after a stabbing in Cape Girardeau Tuesday afternoon.

A Cape Girardeau Police officer on routine patrol observed the end of an altercation in the area of Park Avenue and William Street in Cape Girardeau on May 2 around 12:45 p.m.

One person was injured with an apparent stab wound to the neck.

The officer immediately approached the participants and saw a man lying on the ground. The man had what appeared to be an apparent stab wound to the neck. He was taken by emergency personnel to an area hospital for treatment.

The second man on scene was detained and taken into custody, but has been released.

Multiple witnesses saw the events before the officer’s arrival. Private video surveillance also captured the events. Officers interviewed multiple witnesses and watched the video of the altercation. This information was then provided to the Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for a determination of whether criminal charges were warranted.

Based on the evidence, the prosecutor’s office has determined that this altercation led to a lawful use of self-defense and declined to file charges at this time.

The detained person was released from custody based on this determination.

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