PORTAGE | It could be a day or two before police find out why two men stabbed each other Tuesday morning during a dispute that prompted police to activate the city's SWAT team.
Police said the dispute started in an apartment on McCasland Avenue and ended in another apartment complex across the Indiana Toll Road.
Both men were taken to Porter Regional Hospital after the incident. One was scheduled to undergo surgery for a facial laceration Tuesday afternoon.
Until detectives have a chance to talk to both men, the details are sketchy, said Sgt. Keith Hughes.
"Our officers, detectives, medics and dispatchers worked seamlessly to respond to a violent situation, provide critical care and apprehend the suspect in a rapid manner. Any city the size of ours will sometimes be visited by incidents such as this. However, our collective responses and actions are what sets us apart and continues to make this a safe community," said Police Chief Troy Williams.
The incident is believed to have begun as an argument between the two men over a woman about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Hughes said.
Police and emergency medical personnel quickly responded to the apartment in the 6000 block of McCasland Avenue.
There they found one man with knife wounds. Police set up a perimeter and began a hunt for the second man.
The second man, said Hughes, made his way south, across the Indiana Toll Road into an apartment complex on Canden Avenue.
Believing the man was inside an apartment with a knife, the department's SWAT team was activated. Indiana State Police also joined in the search.
"We want to have the upper hand when a deadly weapon is involved," Hughes said.
Initial information had the second man in an acquaintance's apartment apparently trying to clean himself up from the fight and the facial cuts he had suffered, Hughes said. When his friends inside the apartment saw the police activity in the area, he was told to leave.
The man exited the apartment and gave himself up to police. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.
Hughes said they do not believe the injuries to either man are life-threatening.