Man arrested after stabbing at Henry Co. school
Chris Proffitt/Eyewitness News
Middletown - Police in Henry County responded to a reported stabbing Saturday at Shenandoah Elementary School.
Deputies arrived at the scene to find 34-year-old Eric Allred of Muncie in the school's gym with stab wounds to his torso. He was transported to Henry County Memorial Hospital and then to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was listed in stable condition Saturday evening.
Christopher Ellis, 27 of Middletown, was taken into custody by an off-duty sheriff's deputy at the school and is charged with aggravated battery, a felony, and a state parole violation. He is being held without bond.
Investigators discovered that Allred and Ellis were at the school for an elementary school basketball game.
"The biological son of Allred was playing in a game there and Ellis, the stepfather of the child, was there for the game, too," Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker wrote in a release.
"One was leaving and the other one followed him into the hallway and that's where it took place. Away from children, fortunately," said Superintendent Ron Green, Shenandoah School Corporation.
Allred told Eyewitness News what happened in a phone interview Monday evening.
"I put my left arm up to protect my face, but I noticed that he caught me in the back, you know, and basically took the wind out of me," Allred said. "While I had no idea he had actually stabbed me at the time, I thought maybe he was just punching me, but the next blow was so quick and I felt myself begin to bleed pretty bad."
According to police, Allred stumbled back into the gym, suffering from stab wounds, in front of horrified parents and children.
"To happen at a school and having children in proximity is just a horrible thing. But violence committed against each other is bad," said Middletown resident Maggie Johann.
"My little one will go to school next year at the elementary, so it's kind of scary," said resident Bobby Lone.