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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) -

Kingsport Police Department officers charged a Freeport, Fla. man Tuesday after he reportedly stabbed another man at a local motel.

According to a KPD news release, officers responded to the Econo Lodge, 9980 Airport Parkway, Apt. 307 in Kingsport, on a stabbing call.

When officers arrived they made contact with Richard Mark Thomas, 47, 142 Waterside Lane, who said he had been in an argument with another man, when a 36-year-old Louisiana man placed himself between Thomas and the other man.

According to the release, Thomas pulled out a handgun and the man from Louisiana tried to grab the gun in an attempt to defend himself.

Thomas then reportedly pulled out a knife and allegedly stabbed him.

Police located the man at the scene with a severe stab wound and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

KPD’s Detective Division responded to the scene and took over the investigation.

The knife and the gun were recovered from the scene.

Thomas was charged with criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder.

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