LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A man reportedly brandishing a knife was shot and killed late Tuesday afternoon by officers in downtown Los Angeles, just before a woman’s body was found in his nearby loft apartment, authorities said.

A Los Angeles police source told KCAL9 that sometime before 4:50 p.m., Los Angeles police responded to a report of a man with a knife who had confronted city Department of Transportation officers in the area of 11th and Hope streets. Sometime after responding, LAPD officers shot the suspect. He was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the source said.

About 30 minutes after the shooting, the suspect’s girlfriend made contact with police and told them that there was a dead woman in the Flower Street loft she shares with the suspect. Officers went to the residence and found the body of a 40-year-old woman. The source said the woman had likely been murdered, although her name and the exact cause of death was not immediately released.

Officers later learned that the suspect had gone to the 15th floor of a Hope Street building to attempt suicide, the source said. When that attempt failed, he came down to the street with a knife.

The deceased suspect has not been identified.

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