Sleepover ends in sword stabbing

HERRIMAN, Utah (NBC) – A 17-year-old Utah boy is in critical condition after police say his friend stabbed him with a sword during a sleepover early Saturday morning.

“It was a tragic, very uncommon and strange event,” Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said, but he added that it could have had a deadly ending if it weren’t for the aid of several firefighters who helped an officer subdue a violent suspect.

He said the victim was laying in his bed when his longtime friend, also 17, took a sword from the victim’s blade collection and ran it through his abdomen.

Police aren’t sure if the victim was awake when it happened, Bell said.

“The question of the day is: Why did this happen? The two had been friends for years, as I understand it,” the lieutenant said.