COLUMBIA — While on patrol Tuesday, a Columbia police officer was flagged down by a man standing in the road. It was 11:30 p.m., and the man was covered in blood, police said.
Police said the man, Kevin Eugene Scott, had been involved in a physical and verbal argument with another person earlier that evening.
Police said Scott, 47, had threatened Frank Burnett, 75, with a knife before striking him to the ground. While the two were struggling, the 75-year-old pulled his own knife and injured Scott’s head, face and chest, according to Columbia Police Sgt. Dan Beckman.
Scott was arrested around 2 a.m. Wednesday at 1 Hospital Drive on suspicion of assault and unlawful use of a weapon. Burnett was taken into custody for questioning, but he was later released. Burnett was not charged because his actions were in self-defense, Beckman said.
As of June 5, Scott was being held in the Boone County Jail, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department website.