(01/31/2012)
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Williamson, Mingo County - Branden Teasley had just finished dancing with a girl at Yesterday's Bar and Grill in Williamson early Sunday morning, when things took a violent turn.

He tells Eyewitness News, "As soon as I turned around, I felt a sharp pain in my back."

Apparently, that girl had a boyfriend who was also at the nightclub. Things only got worse. Teasley says after he was stabbed, "I was weak, and I felt, and there was blood, so my next move was to get as far away as I can."

He moved away from the crowd to get help. "Next think I know it's a brawl and everyone is fighting."

Police estimate about 60 people got involved in the brawl.

Williamson Police Sgt. Grady Dotson tells us it was pretty much like a riot inside the bar, that spilled out into the street.

Teasley says while he was waiting for emergency crews, he didn't see a whole lot, but he heard "tasers and yelling."

Another University of Pikeville football player, Demetri Travis, suffered a concussion, but no other injuries were reported. Teasley came to Pikeville from California play football.

He says, "I left where I'm from to avoid stuff like that, and for me to encounter that while I'm at college, I wasn't ready for it. It was crazy."

As bad as the wound was, he says he's thankful it wasn't worse. We caught up with him right after he was released from the hospital this morning. "I feel real lucky. I thank God. Not even lucky, I feel blessed," he says.

Police have a suspect in the stabbing and expect several arrests to come this week. They tell us as many as 20 warrants could be issued to members of the Pikeville football team.

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BLUEFIELD SHOOTING - West Virginia State Police say 34-year-old Jackie Spalding Jr. was reaching for a rifle when a trooper fatally shot him at a cemetery in Mercer County.

State troopers and Mercer County sheriff's deputies went to the Woodland Cemetery in response to a report of a man armed with a rifle.

State Police Sgt. M.T. Baylous says Spalding fled from the officers after they arrived and was found a short time later in a vehicle on a service road behind the cemetery mausoleum. Baylous says Spalding repeatedly refused commands to show his hands as a trooper approached the vehicle.

Baylous says the trooper shot Spalding when he reached for the rifle.


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