An attacker allegedly armed with a knife was shot and killed Monday in Van Nuys by LAPD officers, according to authorities.

Police responded about 4:30 a.m. to a “screaming woman radio call” inside an apartment complex in the 13600 block of Vanowen Street where the shooting took place, LAPD Officer Drake Madison said. At the scene, officers found a woman being attacked by a knife-wielding suspect and an injured good Samaritan trying to intervene.

LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said responding officers were allegedly confronted by a suspect, who refused to drop his weapon when officers ordered him to. That’s when the officer-involved-shooting took place.

The suspect, believed to be 18-years-old, died at the scene, Aguilar said. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

It’s unclear at this point why the suspect was attacking the woman or what their relationship was, police said.

Only one officer fired his weapon, Aguilar said.

Further details about what led up to the shooting will be investigated using footage from the officer’s body camera and interviews with the officer as well as the woman who was attacked, Aguilar added.

The good Samaritan who intervened in the incident was injured trying to help the woman, police said, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition was not known.

The street where the OIS took place will remain closed for hours so police can complete their death investigation, Aguilar said.

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