Police: Man stabbed by woman after argument about puppy

Police: Man stabbed by woman after argument about puppy

SUTHERLIN, Ore. -- Sutherlin police say a 47-year-old woman is behind bars, after a stabbing that happened on E. Fourth Ave. Monday afternoon.

Officials say officers were called to a reported stabbing in the 200 block just after 1:00 pm.

Officers say that when they arrived, they found David Lester Simmons, in his early 30's, suffering from a single stab wound to his left leg.

An investigation revealed that Mary Louise Dehart had approached the man, and after a brief argument about a puppy, she stabbed him once, police said.

Authorities said the weapon used was a pocket knife with a 4-inch blade, which was serrated on one side.

Sutherlin Police Chief Kirk Sanfilippo says he wasn't sure who the puppy belonged to.

Simmons was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment and Dehart was lodged in the Douglas County Jail, charged by police with first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, tampering with physical evidence and menacing.