SLIDELL, La. — Louisiana police say a 30-year-old man was stabbed to death when he tried to calm a man who was brandishing a knife.

Slidell Police say in a news release that 25-year-old Joseph Thibodeaux (TIB-uh-doh) of Pearl River is being held on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Douglas Evans of Lacombe (luh-KOHMB).

Detective Daniel Seuzeneau (SOO-zuh-noh) says Thibodeaux had been arguing with Evans’ niece, and Evans stepped in after Thibodeaux allegedly grabbed a knife and threatened to stab people. He says Evans was stabbed multiple times.

Seuzeneau says Thibodeaux drove away but was caught in Jones County, Mississippi, and waived extradition.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence if he’s indicted and convicted.

Seuzeneau says he doesn’t know if Thibodeaux has an attorney who could comment.

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