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May 24, 2019

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Man arrested in parking-lot stabbing had made threats earlier, police say

Sheyland Barnett


Sheyland Barnett

A man walking his cousin to her car Wednesday night was fatally stabbed by the man who’d threatened her and prompted her to ask for her cousin’s company in the first place, according to Metro Police.

A woman who intervened in the altercation also was stabbed and taken to University Medical Center with survivable injuries, police said.

Police allege that the suspect, Sheyland Barnett, then cut himself and showed up at a Henderson hospital with a superficial injury to his hand, police said. He was booked on counts of murder and battery with a deadly weapon.

Officers and medics were dispatched shortly before 5 p.m. to a business parking lot in the 6800 block of Bermuda Road, south of Sunset Road, where they encountered two stab victims, police said. The mortally wounded man died at UMC.

A woman told police that Barnett, 32, had threatened her two days earlier, said Lt. Ray Spencer in a briefing broadcast online. That compelled her to ask her cousin to walk her to her car when she got off work.

As they were walking, they were approached by Barnett and an altercation broke out, Spencer said. The threatened woman was not injured.

Further information on the relationship between the woman and Barnett was not provided.