South Bend Police are investigating whether a man who confessed to stabbing his daughter's boyfriend last night was acting in self-defense.
Officers were called the 400 block of South 28th Street around 11:45 p.m.
Police say a 21-year-old woman and her boyfriend, Christopher Smith, 22, had been partying at his home, when they got into argument that quickly turned physical.
Smith allegedly hit her in the face, an assault that prompted the woman's father, Jeffery Boney, 45, to come to her aid, stabbing Smith a number of times before fleeing the scene.
Police caught up to him more than two miles away at Nick's Patio, after a nearby bar called 911 to report a man covered in blood.
But even though Boney readily admitted to stabbing the victim, police have not arrested him just yet.
“There is a potential here that the father's actions could be construed as self-defense, and what we really need to do is put the case together completely, present it to a prosecutor and see what level of criminal culpability this rises to,” says Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department. “Because there are a lot of questions here, there are a lot of blanks in the story, and there's an argument to be made either way.”
Smith remains hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to survive.