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UPDATE: CPD makes arrest in fatal bar stabbing

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UPDATE: Monday, Chattanooga Violent Crimes Investigators issued a warrant for the arrest of William Matthew Harvey for the crime of manslaughter, relating to the death of Shawn Russell. 

Tuesday, CPD's Fugitive Unit located and arrested William M. Harvey and was booked into the Hamilton County Jail. 

Stay with Channel 3 on this developing story. 


PREVIOUS STORY:  The Chattanooga Violent Crimes Bureau has located and interviewed both Johnathan Paul Harvey and William Matthew Harvey, both considered to be persons of interest in the stabbing death of 36-year-old Shawn Russell.

The District Attorney's Office will review the case and determine if it will be presented to the Grand Jury.

Russell was fatally stabbed April 5 during a fight at a Chattanooga bar.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police have identified the stabbing victim as 36-year-old Shawn Russell.

According to the bartender, a fight broke out around 1;15 a.m. between Russell and another man. Danielle Harvey said that unidentified man stabbed Russell in the torso and then left with his friend in a black SUV.

"These two guys got in a fight and things went sour. The next thing I know, he's stabbed and he didn't even know he was stabbed. He came around the bar and collapsed," the bartender said. "I got some bar towels, put them over the wound and called 911."

An ambulance took Russell to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Harvey said it must be especially hard for Russell's girlfriend who witnessed the murder.

The bar also had six working surveillance cameras which they have turned over to Chattanooga police for analysis. According to Harvey, there were about a dozen customers inside at the time and one witness wrote down the license plate of the black getaway SUV.

The owner of Rumors said they planned to reopen later Tuesday.

Russell has a brief criminal history in Chattanooga.

In 2011, Shawn Russell was questioned in the drowning death of 37-year-old Jimmy Hess in Chickamauga Lake.

Friends say Russell and Hess had been fighting before Hess fell into the water. The medical examiner ruled it an accident but Russell was charged with boating under the influence and failure to render aid.

Russell pleaded guilty to boating under the influence (BUI) but the charge of failure to render aid was dismissed in 2014.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a fight occurring at Rumors Bar.  Police arrived and found a male victim suffering from a stab wound.

The fight happened inside the bar between the suspect and victim. According to a release, the victim was stabbed in the torso.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS where he died from his injuries. The suspect is a white male last seen leaving the area in a black SUV.

Chattanooga Police Violent Crimes Investigators are interviewing witnesses and following all actionable leads.
 

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