Police capture suspect in fatal Springfield stabbing following chase though backyards



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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A Springfield man wanted in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old mother of three last month has been captured after running through backyards and hopping over fences in an attempt to evade capture.

State police say 46-year-old Erick Buchanon was caught Wednesday night after police spotted him walking down a city street. When officers approached him, he ran off.

Police set up a perimeter and he was eventually found hiding on a home's front porch.

Authorities allege Buchanon stabbed three people on March 11. One of the victims, Salina Merritt, died. The other two escaped by jumping out a window.

He faces charges including murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Police have called the stabbing "domestic related" but have not disclosed a motive.

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