Stabbing in Aloha Leaves Man Critically Injured

Date:  July 24, 2011
Location:  Aloha, Washington County
Names:  Dylan McDowell, Brian Kircher

A Beaverton man who was stabbed in the chest following an argument was listed in critical condition Sunday afternoon at a Portland hospital.  According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, the man who allegedly committed the attack later turned himself in.

As reported by Sophia Li in Oregon Live, Brian Kircher, 29, of Beaverton, was at an Aloha house owned by Dylan McDowell, 24, with a number of friends, when the two men became involved in a heated argument.  People who were at the house said McDowell left the house but returned a short time later, when the argument continued.  McDowell then stabbed Kircher once in the chest and left the house again.

Washington County deputies were called to the scene and arrived at approximately 2 a.m.  Sergeant Vance Stimler, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said deputies found Kircher in a critical condition and had him immediately transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.  As of 4 p.m. Sunday, his condition was still listed as critical.

Later on Sunday, McDowell turned himself into authorities.  He was arrested and faces a number of charges, including first degree assault, the unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.

We would like to wish Brian Kircher a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Intentional assault cases can be complicated. Besides criminal charges, the assailant can also be held accountable in a personal injury case. Victims of assault may also be entitled to compensation under personal injury law, so it is important to understand your rights in this situation.

Even if the person who assaulted you cannot pay, sometimes their insurance company will. You might be entitled to economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. A skilled Oregon assault attorney can investigate this for you, and handle your case, so you can focus on healing and recovery.

UPDATE: This case finally went to trial August 21-24, 2012 and Dylan McDowell was found Not Guilty of all aggravated charges.  The jury decided that this was an act of self-defense and justifiable under Oregon state law.


About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

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