A suspect who allegedly stabbed one woman and threatened to cut the throat of a second before being shot by Long Beach police was hospitalized in critical condition Monday.
The suspect and victims — whose name was not immediately released– were all friends, police said.
No officers were injured in the shooting, which happened about 11:35 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Washington Place.
Officers were dispatched about 10:50 p.m. to the 900 block of Washington Place to investigate a report of a stabbing that had just occurred, police said.
Upon arrival they found a woman who had been stabbed multiple times in the upper body by a suspect she knew, according to the LBPD, which described her injuries as non-life-threatening.
“She advised officers that there was possibly another victim being held against their will inside a residence in the 800 block of Washington Place,” according to a police statement.
As more officers arrived, female screams were heard from inside a home on that block, police said.
“The officers were able to locate the exact residence, at which time they could see the suspect through an open door holding a female adult against her will with an unknown stabbing instrument to her throat,” police said.
Officers ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, but he refused, according to police.
“They could hear the suspect making threats to the victim that he was going to kill her, as she was screaming for help,” according to the LBPD statement. “The suspect was using the victim as a body shield as officers tried to negotiate with him to drop the weapon and to surrender peacefully.”
A SWAT team was activated, and after 30 minutes of fruitless negotiation, an officer-involved shooting occurred “so the victim could be rescued,” police said. “One officer fired their weapon, striking the suspect in the upper torso, which had an immediate effect, allowing the officer to enter the residence and rescue the hostage.”
The suspect was taken to a hospital by paramedics who had staged in the area, according to the LBPD.
The woman who was stabbed was taken to a hospital, where she was in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim who had been held hostage was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said.
–City News Service
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