77 Year Old Woman Killed During Family Sword Fight
What are the odds that one would be killed by a sword in this day and age? Are we living in some medieval times alternate universe?
INDIANAPOLIS — A 77-year-old woman suffered a fatal stab wound while trying to break up a sword fight Thursday between her grandson and brother-in-law.
An autopsy determined Franziska Stegbauer died of a wound from one of the swords. Both men were hospitalized with stab wounds and one was critically hurt.
"We're unsure yet who started this fight, how the swordplay got involved," Indianapolis Officer Matthew Mount said. "We're not sure who it was who stabbed the woman."
One of the weapons was a World War II-era Japanese officer's sword with a thin blade, and the other had a thicker blade.
Police placed Stegbauer's grandson Chris Rondeau, 39, under arrest on a preliminary charge of attempted murder. Stegbauer's brother-in-law Adolf Stegbauer, 69, suffered several serious stab wounds.
Franziska Stegbauer was not breathing when officers arrived early Thursday at the home on the city's northwest side and she was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
Adolf Stegbauer was listed in critical condition at Wishard Hospital, a spokesman said.
Rondeau also was taken with stab wounds to Wishard. His condition was not available. He was being held in the hospital's detention unit.