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'We are heartbroken:' Company releases statement after worker is stabbed in 'random' attack in Greenfield

’We are heartbroken: ’ Company releases statement after worker is stabbed in ’random’ attack in Greenfield

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GREENFIELD (CBS 58) -- One man died after he was stabbed near 60th Street and Armour Avenue on Tuesday. 

“This appears to be random this isn’t sparked by any confrontation," said Jay Johnson, Greenfield Police Chief. 

Witnesses saw a suspect run off and police took one person into custody about half a mile away near 61st and Coldspring. 

The victim, identified as 49-year-old Ben Christianson died from his injuries. He was an employee at Ramaker & Associates, an engineering and architecture firm based in Sauk City. 

"We are heartbroken to learn of this incident. He was a wonderful person and a great member of our organization," said Michael Pinske, Chief Operating Office of Ramaker & Associates in a statement. 

Police say the Christianson was working when the attack happened. 

"We thank and appreciate the first responders for their efforts in this situation. We are proactively working with law enforcement as they proceed with their investigation and are providing them with any information they need to solve this case, we strongly encourage others to do the same," said Pinske. 

In a press release Wednesday, police say they detained a 19-year-old Greenfield man as a person of interest and later determined him to be the lone suspect. 

Full statement from Ramaker & Associates Chief Operating Officer released this statement: 

“Yesterday we learned that we lost a member of our team in a senseless act of violence in Greenfield. We are heartbroken to learn of this incident. He was a wonderful person and a great member of our organization.
As an organization we are devastated and our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. We are providing access to grief counselors for our employees to help them get through this difficult time.
We thank and appreciate the first responders for their efforts in this situation. We are proactively working with law enforcement as they proceed with their investigation and are providing them with any information they need to solve this case, we strongly encourage others to do the same.
Due to the nature of this investigation and out of respect to the loved ones of the team member we lost, we will have no further comment at this time.”
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