Columbia man stabbed on Claudell Lane

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 4:59 p.m. CST; updated 10:10 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 16, 2011

COLUMBIA — Columbia police are investigating the stabbing of a man that took place Tuesday night on the 600 block of Claudell Lane.

After responding to a 911 call that came in at about 9:25 p.m., officers located Damoris Pierce, 19, and found he had multiple stab wounds to his body, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

Pierce was then taken to the hospital by medics, the release stated.

In his first statement to officers, Pierce said he was walking down the street and was attacked by an unknown man for no apparent reason, according to the release.

However, this statement was not supported by the evidence discovered during the investigation, the release stated.

Officers searched nearby houses and found a disturbance had taken place  in the basement of 607 Claudell Lane, shortly before they arrived at the scene of the stabbing, according to the release.

Police discovered a blood trail leading to Apt. 1. During a search of the apartment, officers found Robert Shavers, 31, who was believed to be involved in the stabbing incident, the release stated.

Officers received a search warrant, after they found evidence, including a knife, that was believed to have been used in the stabbing. It appeared that a disturbance occurred inside the apartment, according to the release.

Shavers was taken to the police department and interviewed by investigators. He indicated the assault took place because of an argument involving a drug debt, according to the release.

Pierce's current condition is not known, but his wounds were not life-threatening, according to the release.

Pierce would not provide any additional information to police. The incident is still under investigation and police have made no arrests, the release stated.

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