A retired city fire department captain was stabbed Sunday evening in what police say was an apparent road-rage incident.
Patrick Steele, 52, of Ashland, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center following the incident, which occurred about 7:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of Central Parkway.
The incident remains under investigation. However, according to Ashland Police Department Maj. Mark McDowell, what apparently happened was that Steele, who was riding a motorcycle, was angered by something Dewey Greear, 57, did and rode to Greear’s residence to confront him.
A fight ensued, during which Steele was stabbed with a pocket knife, McDowell said.
Greear was charged with first-degree assault in the incident. He wasn’t arrested, but was cited to court after complaining of a medical emergency, McDowell said. He was taken to King’s Daughters Medical Center.
Greear has filed against a cross-complaint against Steele for fourth-degree assault, which is under review by County Attorney Phillip Hedrick, McDowell said.
Fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. First-degree assault is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.
Steele was taken initially to KDMC before being transferred to St. Mary’s, McDowell said.
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