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Santa Monica police shoot, kill man stabbing ex-girlfriend

April 13, 2011 | 11:51 pm

Santa Monica police shot and killed a man Wednesday evening as he was stabbing his ex-girlfriend, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 2400 block of Ocean Park Boulevard shortly after 6.45 p.m., said Lt. Jay Trisler, spokesman for the Santa Monica Police Department. When they reached the scene, the woman’s boyfriend flagged down the officers and directed them to her apartment, Trisler said.

The door was locked, so the officers forced their way in through a window. Inside, they found a woman on the ground with a man straddling her, stabbing at her face and torso, Trisler said. He said the officers told the man to stop, but he continued stabbing the woman.

“Two officers fired a total of four shots,” he said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

“It appears to be a domestic dispute,” Trisler said. “The suspect was her ex-boyfriend.”

Police did not immediately release the identity of the victim or suspect.


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Photo: Marie Stone witnessed a man entering the apartment next door through a window and called 911 after hearing the screams of a woman. Police would later break into the apartment and shoot a man as he was stabbing his ex-girlfriend.  Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times