Man stabbed at bus stop near east Nashville Co-Op - WKRN News 2

Man stabbed at bus stop near east Nashville Co-Op

Posted: Updated: April 23, 2013 2:28 PM
Ricky Merryman Ricky Merryman
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A man remains hospitalized after he was stabbed on Monday afternoon.   

Jessie Summerour was near the bus stop across the street from the east Nashville Cooperative, where he had received assistance prior to the stabbing, in the 800 block of Main Street when he was approached by Ricky Merryman.

Officials believe Merryman stabbed Summerour in the chest at least two times after an argument.

Merryman tried to run off but was followed down the street by a Good Samaritan who called police.

As police arrived, several witnesses pointed Merryman out as the alleged stabber. Upon searching Merryman, police found a bloody knife in his pocket. Officers said he smelled of alcohol and Merryman later admitted to drinking a fifth of vodka.

Merryman later claimed, "I came back because he threatened to kill me and I stabbed him. I didn't do anything wrong."

Summerour was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was last listed in stable condition.

Merryman was booked into the Metro jail and was charged with attempted criminal homicide.

In a statement to Nashville's News 2, Executive Director of the East Nashville Cooperative Ministry said, "Our team at East Nashville Cooperative Ministry is deeply saddened by yesterday's incident in which a client was stabbed at a bus stop across the street from the organization, shortly after receiving our food relief services. Our mission is to provide critical food relief to our community, and to provide a safe place for our neighbors to serve and be served. We will continue to strive to create a secure environment for people to access support, work and volunteer."

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