On June 22 this year, deputies responded to the report of a stabbing at a house party in Summit Park. When they arrived, they found the victim lying on the entryway floor bleeding from stab wounds to his chest and thigh, according to court reports. A kitchen knife lay on the ground by the front door.
Witnesses say the victim had confronted and hit Flaherty after Flaherty made derogatory comments concerning race and sexual orientation. Later, they got into a brawl, during which Flaherty allegedly stabbed the victim in the chest, plunging the knife five-inches deep, perforating his stomach. When the victim attempted to physically compel Flaherty to drop the knife, Flaherty stabbed the victim in the back of the thigh then fled the home.
Deputies searched for Flaherty and located his car a short distance away parked at a bar. The bar was closed but the door was unlocked. The deputies cleared the bar, not finding Flaherty, but were able to contact him by phone, during which time Flaherty said he would not surrender. Flaherty claimed he was attacked himself and was not the man they were looking for.
After checking the bar again, deputies found it locked and Flaherty sitting at the bar. He unlocked the bar and surrendered to deputies. According to the bar's owner, Flaherty did not have permission to be in the bar after hours, the report stated.
Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Bates said that although Flaherty had made derogatory comments prior to the stabbing, the fight was not racially motivated so Flaherty did not face hate crime charges.