DECATUR — Police said a Decatur man who tried to intervene to stop a family argument suffered a serious injury after being stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors by another man Thursday.

The 27-year-old victim was attacked early on the morning of Thanksgiving, according to a sworn affidavit by Decatur police officer Aaron Carr. He was airlifted from Decatur Memorial Hospital for treatment in Springfield. Doctors at DMH described the victim's injuries as serious, possibly life-threatening, Carr wrote. An update on his condition was not immediately available Monday afternoon.

The 26-year-old assailant was jailed on preliminary charges of aggravated battery inflicting great bodily injury and committing domestic battery while having a previous domestic battery conviction. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney's office.

Carr wrote that he was called just before 4 a.m. to a house in the 1600 block of North College Street, where he found the victim lying on the living room floor being treated by medical personnel. A witness said the man was stabbed after he tried to break up a fight between his girlfriend and his alleged assailant’s girlfriend, Carr wrote in the affidavit. 

The suspect remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday in lieu of posting $75,000 bond. He is due in court Friday.

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