Police probe slaying done as medics aided heart patient

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police have launched an investigation into a woman's stabbing death that occurred on the city's east side Saturday while medics worked in a nearby room to render first aid to a heart attack victim.

Meanwhile, a manhunt continues for 26-year-old Darius Calhoun, the man police say stabbed the 20-year-old woman.

Police are searching for Darius Calhoun in connection with a fatal stabbing on Detroit's east side

The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 80 block of Arizona, when someone called 911 to report a 50-year-old man was having a heart attack. Detroit Fire Department medics arrived on the scene and administered first aid to the victim, who died, police chief James Craig said.

"While EMS was actively engaging that patient, preliminary information we have is that a woman was being assaulted and stabbed nearby," Craig said Tuesday at a press conference at Public Safety Headquarters. "At this point, I don't want to go into too much detail, but I am concerned about some things with this case.

"Some Fire Department personnel are also deeply concerned about this and they expressed that concern to me," Craig said. "As a result, we've opened an investigation."

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell declined to comment. "There's an ongoing police investigation, so I don't want to say anything while it's still open," he said.

Detroit police said in a press release the stabbing victim was killed in a bedroom inside the home while medics worked on the heart attack victim. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police described Calhoun as a 5-foot-11, 250 pound black male, with brown eyes and a medium-brown complexion. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAKUP.


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