ROSEMEAD (CBSLA.com) — A 21-year-old man was fatally shot by a deputy Friday night after authorities allegedly witnessed him repeatedly stabbing a woman in the back outside of a Rosemead home.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were initially called to a home in the 2400 block of Earle Avenue, just north of Klingerman Street, to handle a family dispute.
The suspect reportedly was intoxicated. Family members convinced deputies they would handle the situation by bringing him inside.
A few minutes later, however, another 911 call was made.
“He was stabbing a young woman who was there in the home, as well. As that young woman was fleeing from the home, deputies had arrived. The young man was stabbing her in the back, had cut her throat in prior moments. At that point, the deputies had attempted to disarm him through a Taser shot,” Sheriff Lee Baca said.
Authorities said when the Taser didn’t work, one shot was fired.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The stabbing victim was taken to County-USC Medical Center in unknown condition.
The relationship between the suspect and the victim remains unclear.
“We’re not sure of the relationship, all of that will come with later inquiries by the investigators. Needless to say, had we not interceded, he would have killed her,” Baca said.
Neighbors were still trying to make sense of the incident.
“It was two men and one woman,” Kattya Aguirre said. “[It’s] crazy. Nothing happens in this neighborhood.”