District attorneys typically prosecute crimes on behalf of unrelated victims, but in one recent incident, a prosecutor himself has become the victim of a crime perpetrated by a related criminal.
Steve Kunzweiler, the Tulsa County district attorney in Oklahoma, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after he was stabbed multiple times by his own daughter, the Washington Examiner reported.
The prosecutor was briefly hospitalized and is expected to make a full recovery, while his adult daughter was arrested and will likely face criminal charges.
Both father and daughter injured, transported to hospital
Local ABC affiliate KTUL reported that police were called around 3 pm Tuesday after Kunzweiler received multiple stab wounds during an altercation in his home with his adult daughter. He was said to be “awake and talking” while he was transported to the hospital.
His daughter, Jennifer, also reportedly suffered undisclosed injuries during the altercation and was also expected to recover after similarly being taken to a hospital.
It is unclear what precipitated the fight between father and daughter, but according to the police, the “situation escalated” because of the daughter’s unspecified “mental condition.”
The Tulsa Police told the outlet that they intend to treat this case no different than any other and plan to file charges against Jennifer at some point.
Official statements about what occurred
“Unfortunately today, I found myself in a situation that I hoped would never happen,” Kunzweiler said in a statement. “Fortunately, my injuries are such that I was able to go home. Thank you to everyone who expressed concern for me and my family.”
He went on to express his sincere appreciation and gratitude toward everyone who was involved in aiding him, including the firefighters and paramedics, local police and the county sheriff, and the doctors and staff at the hospital that treated him.
The DA’s office also released a statement on what occurred that was obtained by the Examiner, and said, in part, “All relevant police authorities are aware of the situation and are conducting their investigations presently. Mr. Kunzweiler was awake and talking on the way to the hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.”
Hope for a rapid recovery and resolution
This appears to have been a domestic squabble that spiraled out of control and ended in violence and, thankfully, seems to have resulted in only minor injuries when it likely had the potential for a much worse outcome.
Hopefully, both father and daughter will quickly recover from whatever injuries they sustained, and whatever underlying issues at the heart of their familial conflict can be addressed in the future without resorting to violence.