A construction worker struck another man with a paving tool, gashing his chest and narrowly missing his pacemaker, police said.
Sunset Hills Police said that Brian Kitson, 30, and the second coworker argued throughout the day Oct. 4 at a construction site in Sunset Hills. Kitson then swung the sharp end of an asphalt lute, a tool used to spread hot asphalt, at the man, striking him in the chest, according to the police report.
The wounded man first was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Festus and then was transferred by ambulance to St. Louis University Hospital. Physicians told police the wound was one centimeter by one centimeter, and did not penetrate the chest or harm any internal organs.
Kitson, of House Springs, was charged Oct. 29 with second-degree assault.
Bail was set at $10,000, cash only.
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