DA: Man stabbed to death in Melrose home during ‘domestic altercation’


A 47-year-old Melrose man was killed and a 21-year-old man was injured during the altercation, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.

A 47-year-old man was stabbed to death during a “domestic altercation” in a Melrose home Friday evening, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. 

Police found James Percent unresponsive and suffering from stab wounds in a home on Ledge Street after responding to a 911 around 7:05 p.m., the DA’s office said in a press release. Percent was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

“The preliminary investigation into this matter suggests that a domestic altercation occurred in the home between Mr. Percent and a woman in the home,” the DA’s office wrote. 

At some point during the altercation, a 21-year-old man who lives in the home became involved, the DA’s office said. That man was also stabbed and was taken to a hospital, officials said. 

Neither the woman nor the second man have been identified. Officials have not given any information on whether criminal charges will be filed or on the condition of the 21-year-old man.

Local and state police are still investigating the incident, but there is no ongoing threat to the public, the DA’s office said.