WYANDOTTE - Ottawa County authorities are investigating the stabbing of a 42-year-old Miami man.

According to Undersheriff Bob Ernst, Tommy Whitetree sustained serious injuries during an altercation at a residence south of Wyandotte at approximately 8 a.m. Monday.

“He was assaulted by three subjects,” Ernst said. “The knife injury was more like a slash than a stab wound, but it was very deep.”

As of Monday afternoon, there had been no arrests made in the assault, but Ernst said he expected the suspects to be in custody soon.

Whitetree was transported to a Joplin hospital where he is being treated for a deep laceration to the lower back.