Fate of stabbed Zap man uncertain as he lies in coma
ZAP, N.D. -- The status of a Zap man placed in a drug-induced coma after being stabbed Thursday afternoon was unclear on Monday. Another Zap man, Tyson Bray Gappert, is being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond at the Mercer County Sheriff's Office ...
ZAP, N.D. -- The status of a Zap man placed in a drug-induced coma after being stabbed Thursday afternoon was unclear on Monday.
Another Zap man, Tyson Bray Gappert, is being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond at the Mercer County Sheriff's Office after being charged Friday with attempted murder and aggravated assault. Gappert also is facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
The victim's girlfriend said she was in her kitchen when she heard yelling and saw Gappert and the victim outside her window. The woman said she opened the window and shouted at Gappert to leave, which he did.
The victim then told the woman to call the cops, lifting up his shirt to show a stab wound. The woman drove her boyfriend to the hospital while she called the police.
A deputy from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office briefly spoke with the victim, who identified Gappert as the attacker. The victim had a three- or four-inch cut on his right side, as well as an apparent defensive wound on the middle finger of his left hand, according to the affidavit.
The victim was airlifted from Sakakawea Medical Center to Sanford Health Medical Center, where he required surgery for a punctured liver.
"He is currently in a drug-induced coma and his prognosis is unknown at this time," according to the affidavit filed Friday.
Sanford Health spokeswoman Kimberly Singer said she was unable to provide an update on the man's condition Monday.
Officers went to the Zap residence where Gappert was staying and found him standing outside.
"While speaking with Gappert, Deputy (Terrance) Ternes observed Gappert's hands appeared clean, but noticed bodily fluid, described as 'membrane-type' and/or blood on the left, white sneaker of Gappert," according to the affidavit.
Officers arrested Gappert, who reportedly denied fighting with the victim.
A warrant search of Gappert's residence revealed several controlled prescription pills, as well as marijuana paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.
Gappert is being held on a $15,000 cash-only bond. A preliminary hearing and arraignment in his case has not yet been scheduled.