Lafayette police investigating house fire, stabbing as homicide case

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Lafayette Police Department is investigating a Sunday morning house fire in which one victim was found stabbed and another was found dead.

The department is treating this as a homicide case and arson investigation, police said Monday.

Officers responded to a home in the 800 block of S. 31st Street in Lafayette, after receiving a call at 6:12 a.m. that a man was stabbed and a house was on fire.

The stab wound victim, Thomas Day, was transported to an area hospital before being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital, where he’s in critical but stable condition.

The Lafayette Fire Department located another person inside the home. That individual was pronounced dead at the scene; police aren’t releasing the name because family hasn’t been notified yet. The individual had gunshot wounds, investigators said. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.

Police said both victims lived in the home. They didn’t provide information any possible suspects in the case. Anyone with information should call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or the anonymous WeTIP hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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