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Police say fatal Greenfield stabbing 'just a random act'

Posted at 8:25 PM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 12:31:00-04

GREENFIELD, Wis — A person of interest has been detained in relation to the stabbing that happened on South 60th Street and Armour Avenue on Tuesday, according to Greenfield Police.

"This incident is tragic. It's random at this point. No fight, no conflict, this is just a random act," said Jay Johnson, Greenfield's chief of police.

Police were called to the scene just after noon for reports of an "assault with an edged weapon," according to a news release. The victim was conveyed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He later died.

The suspect ran from the scene which prompted police to tell people to stay inside their homes. It's something that had people panicked Tuesday afternoon.

"A little overwhelmed," Gracie Santos of Greenfield said. "Being so close to home, just knowing that someone can do this right in broad daylight. This is a great neighborhood. I'm very nervous. Very, very nervous. I'm like shaking right now. I live two blocks away and knowing someone is still running around and they have police all over the place, I'm nervous as could be. I'm very uneasy right now. It's kind of nuts."

Prior investigations led officers to a person of interest, according to Johnson.

While there seems to no longer be a threat to the community, Greenfield Police encourage the public to stay vigilant and contact the department with any information that may be helpful in this investigation.