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Domestic Dispute Disintegrates into Antler Stabbing

By Tanya Roth, Esq. on July 08, 2010 9:58 AM

In the days of the frontier, men settled their arguments like men; by shooting each other. Those days are not entirely gone in Alaska, but happily dispute resolution, while not always entirely civilized, has been taken down a notch. At least in the case at hand. Two roommates have recently made the national news for a fight that ended in a stabbing. With antlers.

According to KTVA11 News, Anchorage police were called to the scene of a dispute last Thursday July 1, after shots were allegedly heard in the 2400 block of Douglas St. in west Anchorage. Upon arriving, the police were not confronted with gun fire, but with the victim suffering from stab wounds to his back and ankle.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the two roommates had been arguing over the ownership of a vehicle. As the argument escalated, 27 year-old Jesse Harris pulled a pair of antlers down from the wall and stabbed his roommate with them. Fortunately, the roommate was not seriously hurt, but will require stitches. No further information has been issued connected with the supposed shots which alerted neighbors to call the police in the first place.

Harris has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon. The alteration between the two roommates has been classified by police as a domestic dispute. Perhaps Harris's roommate would want to consider a TRO. A temporary restraining order can be issued even when the perpetrator of violence against the victim is not a spouse. Many states will allow a TRO to be sought even against an abusive roommate.

No follow up reports have been issued on who actually owns the car that caused the argument, or who even who owns the antlers that ended it.

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