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Alcohol-fueled argument leads to fatal stabbing in skid row apartment

Downtown An alcohol-fueled argument led to a stabbing in a skid row apartment, leaving a man in his 60s dead and another wounded, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.

LAPD officers were passing by the the Renato Apartments, a single-occupancy residence at 531 San Julian St. in downtown’s skid row, Tuesday morning when they were flagged down by a woman reporting a fight in an upstairs apartment.

The officers eventually found the apartment on the fourth floor of the building and discovered a bloody scene. One man was pronounced dead at the apartment and another was taken to the hospital.

The incident marked the fifth homicide in the downtown area this year, said Lt. Paul Vernon.  Three of the homicides have resulted in arrests.

Tuesday's killing appears to be a "justifiable homicide" because the man may have been trying to defend himself, but the investigation is continuing.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Map: 531 San Julian St., the location of the stabbing.

Click to visit The Times' interactive Homicide Report

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