De-boning knife used in stabbing at Sumter chicken processing plant

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 1:25 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2016 at 10:49 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says a woman was stabbed at a chicken processing plant in Sumter on Friday morning.

Investigators say the incident happened at Pilgrim's Pride on U.S. Highway 15 just south of Sumter. Plant officials contacted EMS to respond to the incident around 7:45 a.m.

When emergency workers arrived, they found one woman suffering from a serious stab wound. The victim was airlifted from the scene, and another woman has been questioned in connection with the incident.

Sumter County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Bell said three people were involved in the altercation that stemmed from a supervisor reporting two women for drinking on the job, with at least one of them being fired for the infraction.

One of the employees reportedly confronted the supervisor, and the confrontation became physical. Another employee stepped in to help defend the supervisor, stabbing the employee who had been fired for drinking with an 8-inch-long knife used in the processing of chicken at the plant.

"It was a de-boning knife are issued at their in Pilgrim's Pride," Bell said. "Every employee has one of these in that particular department in that area. That's where we believe the knife was used in this attack. We're searching now to see whose knife it was."

The person suspected of the stabbing has not been located at this time.

Investigators are working to question additional possible witnesses, and the supervisor involved has been fully cooperative with the investigation.

No word on any charges against the supervisor, and no word at this time on the condition of the victim.

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