MILL CITY, Ore. -- A Mill City man is recovering from a stab wound he received Friday night after he got in a fight with a group of people walking by his car, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.
According to reports from witnesses Jason Sherman, 38, was sitting on the hood of his car on S.W. 1st Street in Mill City when a small group of people walked by his car. Witnesses said that an argument erupted between Sherman and the group just before 9:30 Friday night.
A man in the group, 29-year-old Matthew Jeffrey Sears threatened to shoot Sherman. Sherman said he felt threatened and retrieved a baseball bat from his car to defend himself from the group.
After he got the bat, two women in the group began pushing and hitting Sherman. While the women here hitting Sherman, Sears stabbed him with a 3 to 4 inch blade in his left side.
The group ran away from the scene after Sears stabbed Sherman. Deputies arrived on-scene after the group fled and were not able to locate Sears for an arrest.
Jason Sherman was taken to Stayton Hospital and underwent surgery for the stab wound. He was reported to be in stable condition Sunday.
Linn County Sheriff's officers found Matthew Sears Saturday morning and arrested him on first degree assault charges. Sears is lodged at the Linn County Jail.
KVAL News talked to Sears' mother, Kimberly Baney, talked to Matther Sears. Sears told her that he stabbed the man to protect his brothers and sisters in the group after Sherman brought the baseball bat into the confrontation.