Sheriff: McGraw man's wound a self-inflicted accident

McGRAW --- Sheriff’s investigators determined a man’s knife wound was actually an accidentally self-inflicted injury, rather than a stabbing from an attacker, police announced this afternoon.

The man had told police responding to his 911 call at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday that he was stabbed Tuesday night by someone he did not know, said Lt. Todd Caufield, of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. During a later interview with at Upstate University Hospital, the man admitted to investigators he was actually wounded when he fell on a knife while drunk, Caufield wrote in a news release.

The man was still receiving treatment at the hospital as of 2:50 p.m., according to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. The status of his condition was not immediately available.

“The investigation is continuing and an arrest is pending,” Caufield wrote.

The man was injured in a residence on West Academy Street, police said. Members of the McGraw Fire Department’s medical rescue squad and police were sent to the home after the man’s 911 call on Wednesday, according to the department. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital by TLC Emergency Medical Services, the department noted.