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Police chief: Officer’s quick action saved stabbing victim on Easter Sunday

Posted at 2:15 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 15:21:08-04

HOPEWELL, Va. — Authorities are crediting an officer with saving the life of a stabbing victim on Easter Sunday in Hopewell.

Hopewell Police Chief John Keohane said officers were called to a home in the 1100 block of Wall Avenue at 5:50 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a stabbing.

When officers arrived, the found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds with life-threatening injuries.

Hopewell Officer Shawn Grant

Hopewell Officer Shawn Grant

“Officer Shawn Grant immediately began first aid treatment by applying a tourniquet and combat gauze prior to emergency medical personnel arrival,” Keohane said. “Officer Grant received BCon ‘Bleeding control for the injured” at Crater Criminal Justice Academy that was utilized in this incident.”

The victim was medflighted to VCU Medical Center.

Jonathan Branch

Jonathan Branch

“The on-scene Fire Captain advised that the officer saved the victims life by applying the tourniquet and had that not happened the victim would have bled out,” Keohane said.

Keohane said Grant’s quick actions made the department was proud.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Branch, the victim’s roommate, and charged him with Aggravated Malicious Wounding.

He is being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

Investigators previously said an argument prompted the violence.

Keohane said the victim is still recovering in the hospital.

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