Deputies say man stabbed two people at Gordon Gulch campground after argument over dog

2 victims have life-threatening injuries

BOULDER, Colo. - Deputies say an argument over a dog led to the stabbing of two people at a campground in Boulder County late Wednesday night.

Two people at the Gordon Gulch campground along Peak 2 Peak Highway told investigators they heard screaming at about 10:50 Wednesday night.  When they came out of their tent, they said they saw a man with a knife standing over the two stabbing victims.

The witnesses put the victims in the back of a truck and drove them to the Nederland Police Department, Heathman said.

The victims were then flown by helicopter to Denver Health and Saint Anthony Hospital.

The two victims have life-threatening injuries, Heathman said. The man has abdominal wounds and the woman has stab injuries to neck.

Heathman said the victims were camping with the suspect. The three argued about the suspect's dog and how aggressive it was towards other dogs in the area, investigators said.

"At some point, the suspect pulled a knife he had been carrying and stabbed the two victims multiple times," according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

After the stabbing, the suspect, later identified as Hilbourne Southerland, 38, offered a driver $50 to get a ride from Nederland into Boulder and was dropped off at Eben G. Fine Park, investigators said.

Boulder County investigators found Southerland behind a trash bin. The man had blood on his shirt, investigators said.

Southerland was arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder.

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