Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Knife-wielding man fatally shot by San Bernardino police, officials say

January 31, 2011 |  8:30 am

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office on Monday was reviewing the fatal shooting by police of a suspect who was allegedly holding a knife to the neck of an elderly man.

Richard Matus, 43, was killed Sunday as officers attempted to wrest the 73-year-old man, Peter Zabala, out of his grasp, San Bernardino Police Department officials said in a statement.

The injured Matus was arrested and later died at Loma Linda University Medical Center, officials sAid.

Police went to the 200 block of South Golden Street shortly before 8 p.m. after receiving a phone call from a man who said his life was being threatened, authorities said. Officers found Matus and Zabala locked inside a bathroom and could not get Matus to open the door, officials said.

Hearing muffled sounds inside, they broke into the bathroom and found Matus with a knife against Zabala's throat, officials said. One of the officers, a 10-year veteran, grabbed Matus and fired his weapon at him, police said.

Zabala escaped without injury, police said, describing the two as acquaintances.

The officer who fired his weapon is on administrative leave, per department protocol, while the case is being reviewed by the district attorney's office.


Huntington Beach tops California DUI collisions list

Historic cemetery in Pacific Palisades will be preserved

Pedestrians targeted by drive-by paintball attacks in Burbank

-- Catherine Saillant