A man has been arrested in the deadly stabbing of his uncle Friday night when a family dispute at a Clinton residence turned deadly, authorities said. The alleged killer sustained non-threatening injuries when his cousin attempted to retaliate for the attack on his father. The cousin will not be charged.
Around 9:35 p.m. Friday, Clinton Police officers were dispatched to a stabbing victim at 113 Harmon St., Clinton. Police officers and Sampson County Sheriff’s deputies responded and, when they arrived, found a large crowd at the home, said by police officials to be “highly emotional.”
While law enforcement were trying to determine what had occurred and who was involved, a male armed with a knife charged toward a second male who was in the yard. The male with the knife, identified as Joshua Frederick, was tased and detained while the investigation continued.
The second male was identified as Jamaal Anthony Peterson, 39, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who police said cut Anthony Frederick, 51, of Phoenix, Ariz., resulting in a severe laceration to his upper arm. Family members were able to get the knife from Peterson and get him outside the home before Anthony’s son Joshua Frederick attacked Peterson.
Peterson has been charged with murder, placed in Sampson County Detention Center without privilege of bond.
An autopsy was to be conducted on Anthony Frederick. The cause of death was not official.
EMS personnel responded and were assisted by a tactical medic on the scene of the Harmon Street stabbing. Along with Anthony Frederick’s severe laceration, Peterson had non-life threatening cuts to his hand, police said. First responders rendered care and CPR on Frederick, however he was pronounced dead at the scene. Peterson was transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Clinton Police officers secured the scene and contacted the Neighborhood Improvement Team for investigation. NIT worked with State Bureau of Investigation agents in probing the case.
“The investigation has revealed that there was a family gathering at 113 Harmon St.,” a police statement read. “Prior to the assault, a verbal disagreement had occurred between members of the family. At some point while hearing the argument, Jamaal Peterson got a knife from the kitchen and confronted his uncle, Anthony Frederick.”
“No one was assaulted nor injured at the time (Joshua Frederick) had to be restrained by arriving officers,” the police statement read. “In light of the totality of the situation, charges will not be filed against Joshua Frederick.”