NBA player Chris Copeland, wife stabbed outside New York City club

Wed Apr 8, 2015 12:59pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - NBA player Chris Copeland of the Indiana Pacers and his wife were stabbed during a dispute outside a New York City nightclub early on Wednesday and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police and the team.

The Pacers forward, 31, was stabbed in the abdomen and the elbow and is in stable condition, the team said, and media reports said his wife, Katrine Saltara, 28, was also stabbed. Police declined to confirm the identities of the victims but said the woman was slashed in the arm and chest.

Another woman, 23, was also slashed in the abdomen, the New York Police Department said.

A 22-year-old suspect, identified in media reports as Shezoy Bleary, is in custody. Police said charges are pending, but did not identify the suspect.

The fight outside the 1 Oak nightclub in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood was called into police at about 4 a.m., police said.

"They were engaged in a verbal dispute in front of the location," said Officer Sophia Mason, an NYPD spokeswoman.

"The males engaged in a confrontation, and that's when the 22-year-old male stabbed the 31-year-old male," Mason said.

A folding knife was recovered from the suspect, she said. The 23-year-old woman was believed to be the suspect's girlfriend, police said.

Two Atlanta Hawks players were taken into custody for interfering with the arrest and trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene.   Continued...

New York Knicks' Chris Copeland in May 2013.  REUTERS/Mike Segar