A man stabbed and fatally wounded one of three burglary suspect as they were beating his brother inside his home in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Saturday, authorities said.
The violence unfolded about 11:20 a.m. in the 1100 block of East 91st Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.
A man was at home with three sisters when three people showed up, forced their way into the home and attacked him, Lt. Brandon Dean of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
“All three suspects began to punch and kick the victim all over his body,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The victim’s brother arrived home in the middle of the attack, officials said.
“(He) came inside, saw the three suspects attacking his bother, engaged the suspects and at one point stabbed one of the suspects with a knife,” Dean said. The blade was a kitchen knife.
The three intruders then fled in a black Nissan Altima, officials said.
Deputies pulled the car over nearby, officials said. It contained two of the burglary suspects, including one who was suffering from several stab wounds to his upper body.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he soon succumbed to his injuries. His identity was not available.
The victim of the initial assault was also taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition, according to Dean.
The third attacker had not been found Saturday afternoon. Dean described him as a black man between 23 and 25 years old, wearing dreadlocks with red highlights.
Officials said the investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.