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LAPD officers fatally shoot man during stabbing of woman

July 20, 2011 | 10:27 am

Hrrr Los Angeles police fatally shot a man Wednesday morning who was slashing a woman's throat inside a South Los Angeles warehouse, department officials said.

Officers intially responded to a robbery call abound 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of South Broadway near the 110 Freeway, said Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andy Smith.

When they arrived a bystander directed officers to a warehouse from where he had heard a woman screaming, Smith said. The officers entered the building and heard a man threatening the screaming woman from behind a locked door.

The officers kicked the door down to rescue the woman and encountered a man who was "in the process of slashing this woman's thoat," Smith said.

The suspect then came toward the officers armed with the knife and was shot, Smith said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The LAPD Force investigation Division is investigating the case.

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Image: Map shows location of Wednesday's shooting in purple, as well as 95 other homicides (in red) since January 2007. Credit: Homicide Report

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