Deputies arrest stabbing suspect

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Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies responding to a disturbance early Thursday morning found a stabbing victim who just had his truck stolen. Within 15 minutes, deputies had located that truck and arrested the stabbing suspect.  Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded to the disturbance at 16208 Kings Road abut 8:30 a.m. Before getting to the location, Deputies Brian Wolfe and Randy Willis found a stabbing victim in the area of SH 3 and Kings Road.

The man, identified at Derek Goss, 28, Seminole, had a stab wound to his face and told deputies his green pickup had been taken by the suspect.
About the same time, Deputy Jimmy Brewer was patrolling at South Rock Creek and Hardesty Road and met the pickup, Palmer said.

Brewer made a traffic stop and recovered a knife. Arrested at the scene was Shawnee resident Christopher Hazelwood, 21, who has an alias last name of Shirey, Palmer said.  Goss was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a stab wound to his face and would probably need surgery, Palmer said.

Deputies don’t think the two men really knew each other, Palmer said, but both were reportedly at a friend’s home when they got into an altercation. Palmer said there were unconfirmed reports about a second victim who may have been stabbed it the arm, “but we don’t know if he exists.”

Deputy Ken VanDuser also worked the scene and Palmer said all of the deputies did a terrific job in locating the suspect and the man’s pickup about three miles from the original scene.  “It was a great team effort,” Palmer said.

Hazelwood, who was booked into jail with the last name of Shirey and with Hazelwood listed as an alias name, remained at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Thursday night on complaints of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Bond hasn’t been set in those complaints, but he also was being held on a non-related outstanding warrant for malicious injury to property. Bond for that case was set at $50,000.

Deputies will turn their case reports on this stabbing over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.