Two Hermiston men were injured in an apparent stabbing that took place Thursday morning at Dun Rollin Trailer Park on E. Jennie Ave.
Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston said controlled substances were involved.
Hermiston police officers arrived within minutes of the stabbing report and were not able to locate anyone that may have been directly involved. Due to a report of a possible vehicle involved in the incident having fled the area of Dun Rollin, some officers were diverted to Good Shepherd Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
Within minutes, the hospital contacted authorities to advise they had a stabbing victim at the hospital. Officers and detectives responded and immediately detained a 32-year-old Hermiston male at the hospital.
Detectives also learned the hospital staff was treating a 30-year-old Hermiston male with superficial wounds to the head and shoulder blade areas. That male has since been released from the hospital.
“This investigation is very active, as differing accounts of what transpired have been given,” said Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston.
The chief said detectives have several additional people to interview before making a determination of what charges may be filed.
“Due to the location of the trailer park, officials with the Hermiston School District were notified of the incident and advised there was no direct link or threat to Sunset Elementary School, located three blocks from the incident,” said Edmiston. “Perhaps this is a political statement, but people across the nation need to seriously think about the pros and cons of decriminalizing certain controlled substances. This is a classic example of a situation involving user levels of controlled substances having impact on the quality of life of those people in the immediate area, as well as the individual who received the stab wounds. I can say with confidence that use level amounts of controlled substances were a contributing factor in the poor decision-making that took place today with the individual involved.”