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Watervliet PD investigate fatal knife fight


WATERVLIET, NY-- A fight that has left one man dead and another in the hospital is under investigation by Watervliet PD.

Watervliet police responded to a 911 call Sunday at 4:00 pm for a man stabbed at 1618 5th Avenue in the city.  When they arrived, officers discovered Brandon R. Burritt, 30, at the bottom landing of the 2nd floor apartment.  Burritt was suffering from obvious multiple stab and slash wounds to his upper torso and neck area.  He indicated that there was a second subject upstairs in the apartment.  Further investigation into the apartment revealed David D. Hochsprung, 51, unresponsive on the couch in the apartment.  He had also incurred multiple wounds on his head, neck and torso area.  WFD EMS responded, but Hochsprung had succumbed to his injuries.

"All the neighbors came out and we went over and looked and saw the blood on the window and on the sidewalk," said Pete Strack of Watervliet.

As neighbors looked at the crime scene in horror, Watervliet Police began collecting evidence from inside the home.

 "We responded to the location. Found one victim downstairs at the bottom of the stairs who suffered multiple stab slash type wounds," said Watervliet Police Chief Ronald Boisvert.

Police say the two men living together in the home began fighting, each using small pocket like knives to brutally attack one another. Authorities say the fight may have started over phone usage, but have still not determined what precisely may have ignited the conflict.

"It was a very violent altercation up in the residence," said Chief Boisvert.

Burritt underwent surgery at Albany Medical Center for his injuries Sunday night. His status is unknown as of Monday.

An autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for later Monday afternoon on the 51-year-old deceased male.

Neighbors say the two men were a couple and that they had heard them fighting in the past. Police could not confirm the pair's relationship, but did say they have been called to the home for prior incidents.

"We are familiar with this residence. We have had some history here before. Never to this degree certainly," said Chief Boisvert.

Neighbors were sad and disturbed when they learned what had happened.

"It was the worst thing I've ever. I've never seen anything like that before," said Strack.

"I'm working, coming home, and then a couple houses down somebody's getting brutally stabbed to death and what freaks me out more is that I heard people yelling," said neighbor Brandi Remillard.

Police have not released the names of either man, as they are waiting to notify family members. The incident is still under investigation.

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