Chattanooga Police: Botched drug deal leads to stabbing, shots fired

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Chattanooga Police say a man faces several charges after he was stabbed and later fired shots at his assailant.

CPD spokesman Rob Simmons says the incident happened just after midnight at the 2000 block of McCallie Avenue.

Officers responded to an assault call.

When on the scene, they determined the victim, 18-year-old Quintrell Nelson had been sitting on his front porch when an unknown man approached him.

Simmons says, "A disorder ensued over the sale of narcotics which became physical."

During that fight, the suspect pulled a knife and stabbed Nelson several times, then ran away.

Simmons says Nelson went inside his home and came out with a handgun, and chased his assailant down the street, firing several shots in the highly-populated area.

Nelson was taken to the hospital by a family member to get treatment for his minor wounds.

Officers discovered marijuana inside Nelson's home, and Simmons says he was under the influence of pot at the time of the incident.

After doctors treated Nelson, officers arrested him and charged him with felony reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of marijuana.

Simmons says officers got a tip later on that Nelson's gun had been previously reported stolen. Charges are pending on that part of the investigation.

Police continue to look for the suspect who stabbed Nelson.

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