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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a Tennessee man sliced his supervisor's throat with a steak knife at work, narrowly avoiding a main artery.

News outlets report 40-year-old John W. Herren was arrested Friday and charged with attempted criminal homicide.

An affidavit from Ashland City police — Ashland is located northwest of Nashville — says Herren was carrying two knives when he walked into his workplace at civil engineering firm Dale & Associates. The report says Herren went behind the supervisor's desk, grabbed the man's head and cut his throat.

Police say the supervisor fled and was taken to Centennial Medical Center to be treated for superficial cuts on his throat. Emergency medical services noted that he was fortunate as the cut was very close to a main artery.

Herren was later caught by police. It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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