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Man fatally stabbed outside Ft. Thomas Pizza & Tavern

A person is in critical condition following a stabbing near a Ft. Thomas restaurant Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Emily Tittle) A person is in critical condition following a stabbing near a Ft. Thomas restaurant Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Emily Tittle)
Witnesses on scene said the victim was stabbed in the abdomen. (Photo: Emily Tittle) Witnesses on scene said the victim was stabbed in the abdomen. (Photo: Emily Tittle)
Hank Shouse (PHOTO: Campbell Co.jail) Hank Shouse (PHOTO: Campbell Co.jail)
FT. THOMAS, KY (FOX19) -

A man has died after a stabbing in front of the Ft. Thomas Pizza & Tavern Thursday afternoon. 

Police say an altercation broke out between two people outside the restaurant on S. Ft. Thomas Ave. around 2:30 p.m.

"I ran up and I got in between the two and started separating them," Jesse Cole, an employee at Ft. Thomas Pizza & Tavern said. 

Cole works at Fort Thomas Pizza and Tavern. He says the suspect, Hank Shouse, is a co-worker. When the altercation started, Cole happened to be driving by the business and got out to separate the men, he says.  

Eventually, according to Cole, the two men ended up face to face again.

"I see a quick motion. I didn't really think much about it. But, a second later I heard a splat of blood on the ground at my feet," Cole told FOX19 NOW. ""I see him holding his abdomen and then his shirt slowly starts soaking up more and more blood."

Cole says he had heard the two men knew each other.  According to police, the two were “acquaintances.”

Police confirmed the victim, Donnie Smith, was stabbed in the abdomen. 

Smith, 49, was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he passed away.

Shouse, 49, has been charged with first degree manslaughter and is currently in the Campbell County jail. 

Police told FOX19 NOW the two men are "familiar" to officers. 

Detective are still investigating and trying to answer several questions.

"It's under investigation right now.  What led to that fight?  Was it self-defense or what happened,” Lt. Richard Whitford of the Fort Thomas Police Department said.

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