BEVERLY GROVE (CBSLA) — One man was found stabbed to death on the back patio of a Beverly Grove home Monday afternoon, and the suspect was found dead in a nearby home a short while after.
According to Los Angeles police, officers were called to the 6600 block of Maryland Drive, near San Vicente and Wilshire boulevards, at about 4:35 p.m. for a report of a residential burglary.
When they arrived on scene, the officers found a man stabbed to death in the back patio of the home. Police said a knife was recovered at the scene.
LAPD confirmed that the victim lived at the home where he was found.
“Apparently what happened was there was a stabbing, so not too much noise, but I did hear the police response and helicopters,” Cameron Cooper, who lives two doors down, said.
Soon after, officers surrounded the guest house on another property located just two houses down from where the stabbing victim was found.
LAPD said the officers believed someone was inside, but refused to come out. A device, possibly containing pepper spray, was tossed into the home and the officers were able to make entry.
Inside, they found the body of a second man with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds, who was confirmed Tuesday to be the suspect in the first man’s stabbing. His identity was also not released.
There was still no word on a motive in the slaying.
Neighbors told CBSLA Monday that a man was seen jumping from yard to yard in a manner suggesting he was casing the homes prior to the fatal stabbing. They said a similar situation played out last week.
“It’s crazy that it can, you know, happen anywhere,” Cooper said.
Police said they believed the stabbing to be an isolated incident, but were asking anyone with additional information to call LAPD.