A Council Bluffs man received minor injuries after reportedly fending off an attack by two other men who were later hospitalized with stab wounds following a self defense-related incident on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Monday night.
Council Bluffs Police said the incident occurred around 7 p.m. at the base of the bridge on North 42nd Street and River's Edge Parkway. The victim, a 27-year-old Council Bluffs man, was walking home from work in downtown Omaha when he was allegedly attacked by a 19-year-old Council Bluffs man and a 27-year-old Omaha man.
Police said when the man was attacked, he pulled a small folding pocket knife from his pocket and stabbed the two other men one time each in their abdomens.
Witnesses at the scene told investigators they saw the men attacking the victim and the victim "eventually" swinging back to protect himself. The victim suffered facial injuries and was treated and released. Both suspects were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center for treatment. The 19-year-old was listed in stable condition Tuesday afternoon while the 27-year-old was listed in critical condition.
The incident remains under investigation, police said, but it appears from preliminary indications that the victim acted in self-defense. The police department is working with the Pottawattamie County Attorney's Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed against the suspects.
Investigators are interested in speaking with anyone who was at or on the bridge and may have witnessed anything "relevant" to the case. Call 712-328-4728.