The man accused of stabbing his estranged wife with a kitchen knife outside the Chatsworth courthouse before being shot dead by authorities was identified as Jose Armando Cueva by the L.A. County coroner’s office on Tuesday.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and courthouse security officer opened fire on Cueva after allegedly finding him shortly after noon Monday stabbing the woman repeatedly on the steps of the courthouse, which is located near Winnetka Avenue and Plummer Street.
The woman was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso, officials said.
Both individuals were transported to a nearby hospital, where Cueva, 55, was pronounced dead.
The woman, whose name has not been released, sustained several stab wounds to the upper torso. She was last reported to be in critical but stable condition.
She had apparently gone to the courthouse with her estranged husband that day to deal with an outstanding traffic ticket, according to sheriff’s Lt. Mike Rosson.
Witnesses said the two were seen arguing when the woman pulled up in her black Audi with Cueva in the passenger seat.
The man began stabbing her, and she bolted from the car searching for help, witnesses told KTLA. He allegedly chased her and continued the attack, prompting the sheriff’s deputy and a courthouse security officer to open fire on the man.
Cueva was shot at least once in the chest, Rosson said.
The courthouse was closed the remainder of the Monday. It was scheduled to reopen Tuesday, but calls to the building went unanswered in the morning hours.
KTLA’s Steve Bien contributed to this story.