Police responded Wednesday night to the area of 26th Street and Mitchell Avenue on a report of a stabbing.

The suspect in a fatal stabbing Wednesday night was released pending further investigation, according to the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s office.

Chad Gaddie, assistant prosecutor for Buchanan County, told News-Press NOW the 24-hour hold ended at 8 p.m. Thursday. Charges are currently not being filed pending the investigation.

An investigation into a stabbing Wednesday night is being treated as a homicide.

According to Captain Jeff Wilson with the St. Joseph Police Department, neither the suspect nor victim’s names have been released.

“Last night shortly before 8 p.m. we responded to the 2500 block of Mitchell Avenue,” Wilson said. “The initial call was a report of a disturbance.”

Things changed while officers were en route.

“We received more information that this had, in fact, been reported as a stabbing,” Wilson said. “It was obvious a disturbance had taken place.”

According to a neighbor, two males were arguing in the vicinity and then made their way south on 26th Street just before the stabbing.

“It was clear to the officers that the victim had sustained a puncture wound to the chest,” Wilson said.

Under Missouri law, the police and prosecutors have 24 hours after a suspect is arrested to file charges. Wilson said he didn’t know whether or not charges would be filed Thursday. He said the case would first be submitted to the Buchanan County Prosecutor’s office for review.

Wilson said the police were not ready to release the victim’s name as there are still other notifications to be made to the victim’s family members. That process usually takes 24 to 48 hours, according to Wilson. The victim was transported to Mosaic Life Care following the incident, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

As many as 10 or more officers could be involved in homicide investigations like this one, Wilson said.

“This investigation will continue,” he said. “It’s labor intensive.”

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