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Man confronted while urinating on gas station stabs himself, police say

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A man who waved a knife at a gas station employee ended up injuring himself instead.

An employee of the Marathon station at the corner of Third Street and Martin Luther King Avenue told police that he went outside and confronted a man who was urinating on the side of the business at about 9 p.m. Saturday, Lexington police Lt. Eddie Hart said.

The man who was relieving himself — later identified as James Bloom, 45 — pulled out a knife and began yelling racial slurs at the employee while walking toward him, Hart said.

The employee, who has a concealed carry permit, took out his gun and fired a "warning shot" into the air to stop Bloom from advancing, Hart said.

"It startled the suspect so much, he jumped and the knife went into his side," Hart said. "He has a pretty serious cut or stab wound."

Bloom was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition. He will be charged with wanton endangerment, Hart said.

He said the store employee will not be charged.

While Hart said police do not recommend firing shots into the air, "he's doing it to try to defend himself."

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