A Winchester man was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center early Saturday morning after receiving multiple stab wounds.
According to Winchester Police Capt. James Hall, officers were called to The Steak House, 1464 W. Lexington Ave., after a fight broke out between Brian Albright, 21, and David Ritchie, 34. Albright stabbed Ritchie in the head and back, Hall said.
"He's claiming it was a self-defense issue," Hall said, though officers are not certain what preceded the stabbing. "We're getting various stories."
Police were called to the restaurant at 1:03 a.m. Saturday for a fight in progress between several people in the parking lot, according to department records. Officers had walked through the restaurant at 12:22 a.m. and reported everything was OK.
Albright was charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. He was lodged in the Clark County Detention Center. Albright's bond was not listed on the jail's website. Ritchie was treated and released from the hospital Saturday.
According to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, deputies also responded to the fight Saturday morning. When deputies arrived, they found a handgun in the parking lot. No one was around the weapon, but when the serial number of the pistol was checked, deputies learned that the gun had been reported stolen.
No one was charged in connection to the stolen handgun.