Armed Rooster Kills Calif. Man

MSNBC, February 7, 2011

A California man attending a cockfight has died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to one of its limbs.

The Kern County coroner says 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa was declared dead at a hospital about two hours after he suffered the injury in neighboring Tulare County on Jan. 30.

An autopsy concluded Ochoa died of an accidental “sharp force injury” to his right calf.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt says it’s unclear if a delay in seeking medical attention contributed to Ochoa’s death. Tulare officials are investigating, and no arrests were made at the cockfight.

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“When deputies arrived, people started fleeing,” Sgt. Martin King told kget.com in Bakersfield. “One of the roosters jumped at the decedent, inflicting some type of injury and causing his death.”

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