Police in Miami say a halfway house was the scene of a bloody altercation that resulted in one man dead. Police say when they arrived, the suspect was still trying to instigate a fight with the victim, even though the victim was badly injured.
Medical gloves left behind at this halfway house, located at 2802 P Street NW, point to a horrific scene earlier. Police say one resident at this house of three others called 911. 35-year-old John Woods had been stabbed.
"He did have a slash wound to his throat," says Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson. "He had several (other) puncture wounds."
Police say Woods had gotten into a fight with 41-year-old Andrew Jones.
"Not a bad fight. The one was very severely wounded. Not putting up much of a fight. But he was still there. The suspect was still there with him trying to engage him," says Anderson.
The victim was taken by helicopter to Freeman Hospital in Joplin where he died. Jones was treated at a hospital in Miami for a minor cut to his face. It's unclear why the two men were fighting.
"To my knowledge, we haven't found any narcotics or anything like that. I know there was alcohol on scene, and it appeared they had been drinking," says Anderson.
The Miami police chief says this case is a reminder that no argument is worth a life.
"I know the suspect was just placed at this house on Sunday. He had only been there a day. It's tragic," says Anderson.
Police say they have not gotten emergency calls to this halfway house in the past. This is Miami's second homicide of the year. Police say they average no more than two homicides a year.
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