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The man who was shot by a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy in Panorama City stabbed two people on a Metro Transit Bus and charged at deputies with a knife prior to the shooting, authorities said Thursday.
The suspect, who is described as a 55-year-old black man, was taken to a hospital following Wednesday’s shooting and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Deputy Trina Schrader with the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
No deputies were hurt in the shooting, which happened about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and Ventura Canyon Avenue.
Deputies received reports of the suspect, who is believed to be transient, about 2 p.m. attacking two passengers on a Metro Transit Bus.
The incident began while the bus was at Chase Street and Sepulveda Boulevard where the suspect had an argument with the bus driver before walking toward the back of the bus and stabbing an 18-year-old white male passenger in the neck and a 23-year-old black female passenger in the arm, according to Schrader.
The alleged assailant exited the bus and the bus driver quickly gave law enforcement and his fellow Metro Transit Bus drivers a description of the suspect, Schrader said.
A short time later, the suspect boarded another bus and the bus driver recognized the suspect from the description and alerted deputies. Deputies were able to catch up to the bus while the suspect was still on it, Schrader said.
The deputies approached the bus to try and get the suspect to exit but he refused. The suspect then charged at deputies with a knife and he was shot.
The stabbing victims were taken to hospitals and are expected to survive their injuries, Schrader said.
–City News Service
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