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Sword-Wielding Chandler Woman Goes Medieval on Husband's Arm

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A Chandler woman went medieval on her husband during a weekend domestic squabble, slicing his arm with a two-and-a-half foot sword.

The fight between Louis and Pamela Haas took place on Sunday afternoon at their home near Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive, but that's about all the couple could agree on.

Police sped out to the home at about 4:45 p.m. following Louis' call to 911.

"My wife stabbed me," he told the operator in a recording of the call.

"Where's the knife at?"

"She's got it in her hand -- it's a huge sword," he answered, sounding somewhat in shock.

An out-of-breath Pamela also called 911 a minute later, saying her husband beat her and "hit me in the stomach."

Cops soon found Louis sitting on the ground outside the home, court records state, blood all over his arm and pants. The wound on his upper left arm was said to be about two inches long and and inch deep.

Pamela told cops she'd been working quietly in the computer room when her drunk husband attacked her, angry that she wouldn't give him the keys to the car. They'd had a fight earlier that day after he threw out some of her things.

He hit her two or three times in the head and punched her twice in the stomach, she said, spurring her to grab the sword "off the wall" to defend herself.

When police asked what she did after she stabbed Louis, she answered that she ran after him, telling him not to call police and wanting to see if he was okay.

Louis gave cops a different version events. He'd been lying down in bed, in their bedroom, following the morning tiff. When he told his wife he planned to move out, he said, she grabbed the sword from the bedroom and held it over her shoulder as they yelled at each other. He closed the bedroom door. She pushed it back open and stabbed him.

"...She told him she could get him a Band-Aid and it was not serious," police wrote in court documents.

Blood was also found in the computer room, apparently making police suspicious that Louis hadn't told the whole truth.

Louis told police he didn't want Pamela to get in trouble, but cops arrested his wife and seek charges of aggravated assault.

Police sent us the above picture of the blood-dotted sword. It looks like a copy of a medieval weapon, but we doubt anything like that was ever used in actual combat due to the obvious danger to the user. A quick hunt on the Internet leads us to believe this is type of "fantasy double-sword."

That, in turn, leads us to wonder what kind of fantasies ran through this couple's head each time they looked at the weapon hanging on their bedroom wall.

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