Man fatally stabbed over Popeyes sandwich in Maryland

Man fatally stabbed over Popeyes sandwich in Maryland

A man was fatally stabbed Monday evening while inside a Maryland Popeyes following a fight over a chicken sandwich, a source told Fox News.

The man waiting in line at Popeyes in Prince George's County, Maryland Monday night was involved in an altercation when either someone cut in front of him or he cut in front of someone else. The sandwich's abbreviated first run led Popeyes to one of its best quarters in two decades last quarter, with comparable sales up 9.7%, the company said.

Donelan added that the incident was "extremely difficult" to put into words.

The 28-year-old victim was from the Washington area, police say. He died less than an hour later at a hospital. The argument began inside the restaurant and moved outdoors before escalating. Their fight then spilled outside where one of the men stabbed the other.

The chicken sandwich craze is getting out of hand.

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"What we have since been able to determine.is that this is related to the release of the sandwich here at this restaurant. He knows what he did here tonight and he needs to do the right thing and he needs to step up and he needs to turn himself in", Donelan stressed.

"For you to get that angry over anything - for that type of anger to develop into this type of violence, again is a very sad and tragic day", Donelan said.

Local media have reported the stabbing was the result of a fight over the restaurant's popular chicken sandwich, but investigators have used noncommittal language to describe the case so far.

The initial release of the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chicken sandwich earlier this summer became a social media phenomenon that inspired a series of insane incidents, including angry customers pulling guns in Texas when told the sandwiches were sold out.

CNN has reached out to Popeyes for a statement.

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