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Update: Pascagoula stabbings may be result of home invasion, bad drug deal

1 dead, 1 injured in Pascagoula stabbing

Investigators are at the scene of a double stabbing in Pascagoula on Tuesday where 1 person was killed and another injured.
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Investigators are at the scene of a double stabbing in Pascagoula on Tuesday where 1 person was killed and another injured.

PASCAGOULA -- A stabbing at a Pascagoula apartment building Tuesday that left one man dead and one wounded is believed to be the result of a home invasion after a drug deal gone bad earlier in the morning, police said.

On Wednesday, Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said Joel Thornton, 41, of Pascagoula, died about noon Tuesday at Singing River Hospital.

She said an autopsy is being conducted and she would not elaborate on the cause of death.

The condition of the wounded person has not been released.

Pascagoula investigators described what they believe happened at the Pine Tree Apartments on Tuesday.

Police received a call at 11:34 a.m. saying there was a disturbance in Apartment 30. Officers could not find a disturbance and were told by people in the building's parking lot there was no Apartment 30. The original caller would not answer the phone so officers left, officials said.

At 11:59 a.m., police received a call from Singing River Hospital about two stabbing victims who had arrived in the emergency room. Officers determined the two had been stabbed in Apartment 20 at Pine Tree Apartments.

The apartment's residents told authorities three men kicked in their door and demanded money. A fight ensued and one of the residents stabbed the intruders with a kitchen knife, police said. The men fled the apartment.

Investigators said they believe the situation stemmed from an incident earlier Tuesday morning, when one of the apartment residents stole drugs from one of the men who kicked in the door.

SunHerald.com will update as more details become available.

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