Man Suspected in Stabbing, Hostage Situation Shot by Police in Long Beach

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A man suspected of stabbing one woman and then holding a second woman hostage was shot by police in Long Beach late Sunday.

Police responding to a stabbing in Long Beach opened fire on Aug. 6, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

Police responding to a stabbing in Long Beach opened fire on Aug. 6, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

Officers were called to the 900 block of Washington Place about 10:50 p.m. where they found a woman who had been stabbed multiple times in her upper body, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Johnson said.

The woman mentioned her attacker was inside a home in the 800 block of Washington Place with another female, Lt. John Kanaley said.

Officers contained the area and could hear a woman screaming from inside the residence. Following the sound, they were able to spot through an open door a man who was holding a sharp object to the woman’s throat, officials said.

The man refused to drop his weapon and used the woman as a human shield as he continued making threats on her life, police said.

After about 30 minutes of attempting to negotiate with the man, who largely ignored police, an officer shot the man in the upper torso so that law enforcement could rescue the victim.

“The officers under the circumstances were left with no choice, unfortunately,” Johnson said.

The man was struck by the gunfire and taken to a local hospital in critical condition, Johnson said.

The woman being held hostage was treated for minor injuries at the scene, police said.

Investigators had not yet recovered a weapon.

A second man, whose role in the incident was unknown, was also inside the home during the hostage situation, Johnson said.

Detectives determined the two woman and armed man were all friends, and none were in a romantic relationship.

No officers were injured in the incident.