Mother, two sons wounded in family fight involving knives and a hammer

A 69-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 44 and 38, were flown by medical helicopter to Nebraska Medical Center on Sunday after a fight that involved knives and a hammer at their Red Oak, Iowa, home, police there said.

One of the sons, the 44-year-old, will be arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder after he is released from the hospital, said Assistant Chief Derrick Walter of the Red Oak Police Department.

He and his mother got into an argument and the other son intervened, Walter said. The 44-year-old then went to get a knife from the kitchen and began attacking both his brother and mother, according to the assistant police chief.

The 38-year-old brother also got a knife, and the mother went for a hammer, Walter said. The ordeal didn’t end until police arrived, shortly after 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

The 38-year-old suffered five stab wounds and the mother at least two to the abdomen. The 44-year-old had several hammer wounds to the head, Walter said. All were able to talk when police arrived, he said.

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