Good Samaritan suffers ‘substantial injuries' trying to help stabbed neighbors

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 15:00:18-04

UPDATE: Jeff Fisher has been released from the hospital.


A Good Samaritan who tried to help his neighbors during a vicious attack is being called a hero.

Jeff Fisher ran across the street and tried to intervene when he learned John Joseph Stevens III and Michelle Karen Mishcon were trouble.

His father Steven confirmed that his son witnessed the assault and tried to stop it.

He said Jeff suffered several stab wounds to the head and back.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office released the dramatic 911 call made by Jeff. Listen to it here:

'He was laying on the floor bleeding pretty badly it was pretty scary,” his father said.

He ended up being hospitalized with substantial injuries.

“He did what we appreciate people do and that was he became a hero. He was trying to save their lives. And there was no way he could of known he was encountering  an armed suspect who was for all intents and purposes on some homicidal rage,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.

The sheriff said Fisher had to undergo surgery but should fully recover and has been extremely cooperative with the sheriff’s office.

Wednesday a family spokesperson released the following statement. 

The family would like to thank everyone for the concern shown Jeff.  We would especially like to thank all the first responders who came to his aid that Night (sic). Jeff is doing as well as can be expected but he has a long healing process to go through. We are very proud of Jeff and the courage he has shown while attempting to help his friends and neighbors. We have no other comments and ask you to give us time to come together as a family and begin to heal."