Clinton Police are currently investigating the stabbing of a Clinton man, discovered by first responders with several wounds to his body at Byron Butler Court Friday morning.
Marcus Underwood, 41, of Clinton, was found shortly after 6 a.m. Friday, having reportedly sustained multiple wounds. Information about the extent of his injuries was not immediately released. Capt. Donald Edwards said detectives were on the scene probing the incident and a possible motive or suspect in the stabbing.
Edwards said Underwood was transported by Sampson County EMS personnel to the Harrells area, where he was then reportedly airlifted to New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment.
“Officers got a call this morning at about 6:10 a.m. and responded to the area of Byron Butler Court,” Edwards said Friday. “Both EMS and the Police Department were called to the scene, originally dispatched to a gunshot victim.”
When officers arrived, EMS workers confirmed it was not a gunshot but rather multiple stab wounds sustained by Underwood. Edwards would say only that Underwood was “stabbed several times,” noting the ongoing investigation.
“We don’t want to release too much information at this point,” the captain said. “We are still working on it. He was conscious and talking this morning.”
Edwards said there is “no evidence right now” that would indicate Underwood was stabbed at another location and dropped off at the senior living community as was initially believed by one tipster. He said the investigation is focused at the area of Butler Court where Underwood was found. Butler Court is located off Warsaw Road, in close proximity to the intersection with Morisey Boulevard.
Police vehicles were parked in the court, which consists of a large cul-de-sac, with an office building at the front and homes dotting the area around the circular drive, throughout the day Friday.
Anyone with information about the stabbing is encouraged to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105 or the CPD TIP Line at 910-590-3009. Citizens may also anonymously text information by sending it to 847411 and texting “tipcpd” followed by the information.
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