The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

May 23, 2014

Air Force officials should divulge details of alleged stabbing May 12 at Vance

ENID, Okla. — Few facts are confirmed about the May 12 incident at Vance Air Force Base.

What do we know for sure? Not very much because details remain sketchy.

A male student pilot was transported to a local hospital late in the afternoon after allegedly being stabbed with scissors at Vance Air Force Base, an Air Force spokeswoman said.

The pilot’s name and condition were unknown, said 2nd Lt. Isabel Crump of the Vance Public Affairs office. The injured student was transported by Life EMS to a local hospital and police were investigating on federal land.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation stepped in, FBI Media Representative Martinus McConnell would not confirm that the student pilot had even been stabbed. The spokesman did confirm the victim was treated and released for his injuries, but we still don’t know the extent.

 “There was an altercation between two individuals in which one did sustain some injuries, was treated for those injuries and released,” McConnell said.

We also know the FBI is working in coordination with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations regarding the mysterious incident at the base.

“The U.S. Attorney’s office will consider charges, pending the outcome of the investigation,” McConnell said last week. “But right now, no determinations have been made.”

Again, nuggets of knowledge released about the incident are few and far between.

Air Force officials would be wise to divulge details as soon as they can. Rampant rumor and speculation are inherently unhealthy.

We’re intrigued and curious, and we wish we knew more about the ongoing investigation.

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