A Chicago man sustained life-threatening injuries and his left arm was nearly severed early Tuesday after he was attacked with a sword-like weapon during a fight outside a downtown Davenport bar, Davenport police said.

Ricky Johnson Jr., 26, of Chicago, was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, where he was stabilized. He then was airlifted to University Hospitals, Iowa City, police said.

Johnson suffered his injuries in a fight with Willie James Terrell, 36, of Davenport, outside of Boozie’s Bar and Grill, 114 W. 3rd St., police said. The fight occurred at 1:59 a.m.

A verbal argument between the two men escalated into a physical fight, police said.

Johnson was knocked to the ground during the fight, and Terrell continued to assault him. At that point, police said, Johnson’s sister threw a cigarette lighter at Terrell in an attempt to stop him from further injuring her brother. The lighter struck Terrell on the head.

Terrell then went to his vehicle to get a sword-like weapon with which he attacked Johnson, police said.

Johnson suffered a severe wound to his left arm, police said, adding that the arm was very nearly severed. Johnson also suffered wounds to his right arm and torso.

Terrell was taken into custody and charged with willful injury with serious injury. He was released Tuesday afternoon after posting bond.