Two people were killed and a third was hospitalized after a man allegedly began stabbing people with a meat cleaver in South El Monte Tuesday, prompting deputies to open fire, killing the attacker.
The incident was reported about 12:30 p.m. in the 10400 block of Enloe Street (map), according to Lt. Victor Lewandowski of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
A neighbor called 911 to report a man stabbing a woman in front of a home, authorities said.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man stabbing another man and told him to stop, Lewandowski said. The victim was the woman's husband, the lieutenant said.
"As the deputy made contact ... he could see that the suspect was chopping at another male victim, who was down," Lewandowski said.
The man allegedly refused to comply with orders to drop the weapon, and began coming toward deputies, prompting them to open fire, according to Lewandowski.
"The suspect was initially stopped. He then got up and came at the deputies again, making a statement to the effect of, 'You'll have to kill me.' At that point, a second deputy-involved shooting ensued," Lewandowski said.
Both the attacker and the man who was being stabbed were pronounced dead at the scene.
"That guy was just killing him. ... He wouldn't stop," witness and neighbor Luis Ramirez said. "He was just killing him with a machete."
Authorities also located the woman with stab wounds on the front lawn. She was taken to a local hospital in unknown condition, Lewandowski said.
The victims and the attacker were neighbors, but the motive for the attack was not immediately known.
Authorities initially said that the attacker used a machete, but later confirmed the weapon was a meat cleaver.
No deputies were injured in the incident, the Sheriff's Department stated in a news release.