Man stabbed in ‘scuffle’ on Red Line train at Fullerton, police say

Chicago police said dispatchers received calls about a person stabbed and a battery in progress at 6:06 a.m. at the Fullerton station.

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Howard-bound CTA Red Line trains were halted Dec. 6, 2019, as police responded to reports of a stabbing at the Fullerton station.

Howard-bound CTA Red Line trains were halted Dec. 6, 2019, as police responded to reports of a stabbing at the Fullerton station.

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A man was stabbed in the leg during a fight Friday morning on a CTA Red Line train, stopping train service for nearly an hour.

Howard-bound trains were halted for “police activity” shortly after 6 a.m. at the station, 943 W. Fullerton Ave., according to the CTA. Service resumed with residual delays shortly before 7 a.m.

Chicago police said dispatchers received calls about a person stabbed and a battery in progress at 6:06 a.m. at the station.

A 29-year-old man told investigators he was on the train when he tried to calm down another man “yelling and acting belligerent,” police said.

He told police the other man, 31, then attacked him and they began fighting, police said. The 29-year-old told police he took out a pocket knife to defend himself and stabbed the other man in the thigh during the altercation, police said.

He told investigators he did not mean to hurt the man, but was using the knife as a deterrent, police said.

The 31-year-old was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition with a “small laceration to a lower extremity,” police and fire officials said.

The man with the knife, who is listed as the victim in the police report, did not want to sign a complaint, police said.

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