Concrete man used sword to stab and kill victim, sheriff says

Representatives from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office found a 52-year-old man stabbed to death with a sword in concrete early Thursday morning.

BETON, Wash. — A Skagit County man has been arrested and is awaiting charges after stabbing and killing another man in Beton with a sword, the sheriff’s office said.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office (SKSO) said in a news release that deputies and emergency response teams were called to the 46000 block of Washington Street in Concrete just after 5:45 a.m. Thursday. Callers to 911 reported that a 52-year-old man had been stabbed to death with a sword.

EMTs took the injured man to Skagit Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was identified as Michael L. Klingele, according to the SCSO on Friday.

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Investigators later identified a 26-year-old man as a suspect in the fatal stabbing and found him near downtown Concrete. The man was arrested and held at the Skagit County Community Corrections Center on “duty hold” pending formal charges, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the two men knew each other. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Sedro-Woolley Police Department and the Washington State Patrol also responded to the crime scene to investigate.

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

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