Jerry Sharrell, a music industry veteran, is recovering in hospital after being held hostage and stabbed in his new girlfriend’s home over the weekend.
KABC reports states that Sharell, who is credited with playing a role in the careers of the Carpenters and Joe Cocker, among others, was held hostage and attacked on Sunday night (September 15). According to the report, Sharrell had spent the night at his partner’s Los Angeles property when her ex-husband arrived at 8am with a bunch of flowers and a machete.
The unnamed man is reported to have held Sharrell and the woman hostage for more than three hours before turning violent, stabbing both Sharell and himself. The woman, also unnamed at this point, was injured while attempting to intervene in the attack but was able to escape and alert the authorities. It is understood that she had a restraining order against the ex-husband, who has a history of domestic violence.
“Sometime during that time, the new boyfriend had been stabbed repeatedly, and then the suspect turned the weapon on himself and stabbed himself,” LAPD Sgt. Jeff Nuttal told KABC. Sharell suffered stab wounds to his neck and head, was rushed to the hospital, where he is said to be in critical but stable condition. The suspect is also in critical but stable condition, having apparently slit his wrists.
Sharrell is credited as an A&R, marketing and publicity guru and has played a role in the careers of artists such as The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, The Cars, Queen and Mötley Crüe. He also hosts a weekly show, ‘Sundays With Sinatra’, on Los Angeles radio station KJazz.