The Lompoc Police Department is investigating a Sunday stabbing in the city that led to one man being airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.
The incident occurred around 3:07 p.m. Sunday, when Lompoc Police were called on a report of about 20 people fighting in the street in the 1100 block of West Maple Avenue. Police arrived on scene and found a 23-year-old man bleeding profusely after suffering knife wounds to his upper torso, a Lompoc city spokeswoman reported Monday.
Police reportedly used a tourniquet to provide likely lifesaving aid to the victim, whose name was not released due to the sensitivity of the investigation. The man was later airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Each Lompoc police officer is equipped with a tourniquet, provided last year by the Lompoc Police Foundation, according to the city, which reported that Sunday’s incident was the second time Lompoc police officers have used the donated tourniquets to save a life. In July 2017, police rendered first aid to a shooting victim with a tourniquet.
The Lompoc Police Department is continuing to investigate the stabbing, and no arrests have been made. Department officials encourage community members with information on the stabbing to contact investigators via the LPD mobile app or by calling 736-2341.