Los Angeles Police Shoot, Wound Knife-Wielding Man in Arleta, Officials Say

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Los Angeles police shot and wounded a man armed with a knife Thursday night at a home in Arleta, authorities said.

A Los Angeles Police Department vehicle is seen outside a home in Arleta on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. LAPD officers shot a man armed with a knife the previous evening, officials said. (Credit: KTLA)

A Los Angeles Police Department vehicle is seen outside a home in Arleta on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. LAPD officers shot a man armed with a knife the previous evening, officials said. (Credit: KTLA)

Officers responded about 10:19 p.m. to a report that a male had locked himself in a bathroom and was threatening to commit suicide in the 13200 block of Reedley Street (map), said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

Los Angeles Fire Department personnel who were at the scene had requested backup from police, according to LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar. It was unclear why the LAFD had initially responded to the location.

The shooting occurred after the officers entered the residence to assist the firefighters, Aguilar said.

The man, described only as being in his 40s, was struck by gunfire. He was apparently hit once, the Police Department said. He was then transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

In an interview Friday morning, Aguilar was asked about the man's mental state at the time of the incident.

"I'm unaware of any of his actions that would have led the officers to believe that he was trying to have the officers involved in an [officer-involved shooting] or a 'suicide by cop,'" she said.