Caruthersville man charged with stabbing father, attacking police

Thursday, March 31, 2011

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. -- A Caruthersville man is in custody after allegedly stabbing his father several times with a knife.

At around 1:49 p.m. Tuesday, Caruthersville police responded to a fight that was in progress where one of the subjects was armed with a knife, according to a news release from City Marshal Chris Riggs. Upon arrival, officers saw a person covered in blood standing by a doorway and another person standing outside who told officers that they should use a stun gun on him. He was told to get on the ground, but then lunged at the officers who, used the stun gun on him. Afterward, the man began fighting the officers, striking one in the face. After a brief struggle, the man was subdued.

Joseph Rodgers, 20, is charged in a Pemiscot County warrant with criminal nonsupport, with additional charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer with physical injury and resisting arrest.

After his arrest officers learned that Rodgers had allegedly stabbed his 55-year-old father several times with a knife. The victim was treated at the hospital for moderate injuries to his head, back and arm then later released.

The officer that was struck in the face sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital.

Rodgers is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail and no bond is set.

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Caruthersville, MO

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