A Sanford man had to be flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland on Wednesday evening after police said he was stabbed in the chest during a fight that broke out in the vicinity of 54 Emery St. in Sanford.

Sgt. Craig Andersen identified the stabbing victim as 22-year-old Austin Murphy of 54 Emery St. in Sanford. His injury is considered to be serious, police said.

Officers were called at 5:05 p.m. to investigate a disturbance near Murphy’s home, the Sanford Police Department said in a news release.

When officers arrived, they found Murphy, who had suffered what appeared to be a knife wound to his chest, Andersen said.

Murphy was taken by ambulance to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford, where he was stabilized before being flown to Portland.

Murphy’s condition was unavailable Wednesday night because he was still being evaluated by the Portland hospital’s medical staff.

“The involved parties of the incident have been identified and the investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the injury continues,” Andersen said in the release. No has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

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