LAPD Says It Tried to Protect Woman Killed in West Hills

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Los Angeles police officials said Monday they did what they could to protect a woman who investigators said was hunted down by her estranged husband at a friend’s home and stabbed to death on a quiet West Hills street.


Michael Kane, 46, and Michelle Kane, 43

Officers with the Topanga Area station took two reports five hours apart in which the victim, Michelle Ann Kane, 43, said Michael Rodney Kane had broken the law, first by violating a temporary restraining order and then by vandalizing her home, police officials said.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers urged Kane to get out of her home and immediately call 911 if she encountered her husband, a Tarzana elementary school teacher.

“Our officers were very diligent in documenting all of the incidents that were brought to our attention,” Smith said. “Our officers made a great effort to protect the victim, but the law limits what we can do.”

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