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Steel pipe helps man fend off Cornelius machete attack

COURTESY PHOTOS: WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL - Shawn Paul Kinney has two recent booking photos--one from a few weeks ago, before his head injury, and one from Monday morning. COURTESY PHOTOS: WASHINGTON COUNTY JAIL - Shawn Paul Kinney has two recent booking photos--one from a few weeks ago, before his head injury, and one from Monday morning. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who allegedly attacked a Cornelius resident with a machete early Monday morning.

According to sheriff’s reports, the 28-year-old resident of a home on the 1800 block of South Oleander Lane in Cornelius told deputies he’d been sleeping on the couch when Shawn Paul Kinney, a Forest Grove resident, attacked him with a machete. The victim said he was able to pick up a steel pipe to fend off Kinney, striking him in the head and ending the attack.

Deputies saw the victim’s arm had several deep lacerations apparently caused by a sharp object that had been used with significant force. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Kinney, also 28, was still at the house when deputies arrived, suffering from a laceration to his head that appeared to be caused by a blunt weapon. Kinney was treated at a local hospital and released to sheriff’s deputies, who booked him into the Washington County Jail, where he was charged with first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

The incident is still under investigation and WCSO deputies are asking anyone with additional information to call 503-846-2500.

WCSO originally released a booking photo of Kinney from earlier this month because his head injury in the Monday photo seemed too graphic to go public, said Washington County Public Information Officer Bob Ray.