Los Angeles police fatally shot an armed burglary suspect in Van Nuys on Sunday after he stabbed and injured another man, authorities said.
Officers responded about 1 p.m. to a report of “unknown trouble” in the 6900 block of Kester Avenue, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery, spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The call was subsequently upgraded to a report of a hot-prowl burglary and later to an assault with a deadly weapon, according to the sergeant.
The officers arrived to find a male victim suffering from a stab wound. As they attempted to render aid and called for an ambulance, they were directed to a man who was armed with a knife, the LAPD said.
“When they confronted that suspect, that’s when an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Montgomery told reporters at the scene.
After being shot, the man was transported to a hospital, where he died, police said. His name was not immediately released.
The stabbing victim was in serious condition when he was taken a hospital, according to the LAPD.
“There were several other victims who were involved in some sort of altercation with (the) suspect,” Montgomery said. “However, their wounds were not as serious at that of the stabbing victim, therefore they were not transported and treated in that same manner.”
No officers were injured in the confrontation.
A weapon was recovered at the scene, Montgomery said. He declined to elaborate.
Galileo Fuerte, a nearby resident, said he heard "between six and eight" gunshots.
Witnesses said the armed man climbed onto the top of a recreational vehicle, which was parked on the street, before entering the RV.
"The guy was in the motor home and they shot him right there," Fuerte said.