Port St. Lucie woman’s boyfriend tried to stab husband, but was fatally stabbed himself, police sayJanuary 27th, 2011 by TCPalm.com
By Will Greenlee
A man died after he was stabbed Tuesday night in what police said Wednesday was a case of self defense.
Tyler Burnham, 32, reportedly was trying to stab Scott Post, also 32, at Burnham’s home in the 2500 block of Southeast Rock Springs Drive, situated in southeast Port St. Lucie near Green River Parkway.
Post grabbed the bladed portion of the military-type knife from Burnham, and they tussled in the front yard in the rain. Post stabbed Burnham under the arm and left. St. Lucie County Fire District crews were called to the scene shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Police Capt. Don Kryak said the investigation is continuing but “right now everything’s pointing now to self defense.”
Standing at the scene, Kryak said investigators don’t anticipate charges being filed related to the stabbing.
Post is separated from his 28-year-old wife, Julie Post. Julie Post lives at the Southeast Rock Springs Drive home with her boyfriend — Burnham — along with two roommates.
Police said Julie Post and Scott Post, who lives elsewhere, had argued over the phone over prescription medication and money.
“Sometime during the verbal argument between Julie and Scott, Tyler tells Scott to come over to the house, which is believed to fight,” a release states. “Scott and his friend … drove to Julie’s house where (the friend) remained in the car.”
When Scott Post arrived, Julie Post opened the front door and Burnham pushed past Julie Post with a military-type knife and tried to stab Scott Post.
As they tussled in the front yard, Scott Post stabbed Burnham and left. Julie Post called Scott Post and asked whether to remove the knife from Burnham.
Julie Post, who had outstanding worthless check warrants, left with Burnham’s phone “as she knew police were on the way thus left the roommates alone with Tyler still on the front yard,” a release states.
“Our investigation right now is that Mr. Burnham died after a fight in the front yard with Scott Post, whom he knew, and Mr. Burnham had the knife and the knife was taken from him by Post who then stabbed him in the torso,” Kryak said.
Kryak said the knife was recovered at the scene.
“When they were putting him onto the gurney to take him to the hospital, the knife either fell off of the body or was recovered right there at the body,” Kryak said.
A woman who apparently lives in the home declined to give her name but had kind words about Burnham.
Next door neighbor Laval Grant, 73, said he’s known Burnham for years.
“He was a very good guy, very helpful,” Grant said. “To me he’s a pretty good neighbor.”
Grant said he’s never seen Burnham in a fight.
“He’s not a vicious guy or anything like that,” Grant said.
Police arrested Julie Post Wednesday on two charges related to worthless checks.
The Posts have been married for a decade and have a 7-year-old child.
Yellow police tape blocked off the single-story home about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. A white Pontiac Grand Am, a white Honda Accord and a blue Dodge pick-up were parked in the driveway by what appeared to be a ramshackle, salvage-type boat.