A man was fatally stabbed at his Beverly Grove home and his alleged killer was found dead nearby with an apparent self-inflicted stab wound, police said Tuesday.
Officers responded to a home in the quiet residential area of the 6600 block of Maryland Drive about 4:35 p.m. Monday on reports of a residential burglary according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The area is east of Beverly Hills north of Wilshire Boulevard in between the Beverly Center and the Grove shopping center and the adjacent Farmers Market. Most homes are older Spanish style and some are gated.
“While at scene, with the direction of neighbors, the officers located a male inside of a residence who had suffered stab wounds,” the LAPD said in a statement.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at scene, police said.
“A perimeter was established, and while officers were conducting a search, they located an additional male inside a nearby property,” the LAPD said. “That male was also pronounced dead at scene, from an apparent self-inflicted stab wound. The investigation has confirmed him to be the suspect in the original stabbing.”
The names of the men were withheld, pending notification of their next of kin.
“It is believed that this is an isolated incident and there is not an active search for a suspect,” the LAPD said.
According to police, the suspect had jumped a wall and tried to hide in a nearby guest house. Officers established a perimeter around the building and attempted to persuade the suspect to surrender, ABC7 reported.
Police threw pepper-spray grenades through the windows of the guest house after negotiations failed. They entered the guest house and found the suspect dead, according to ABC7.
Neighbors of the victim told Fox11 a belligerent homeless man was jumping fences of homes in the area and was confronted by the victim. The property at which the second man was found dead was two houses away from where the first victim was found, KCAL9 reported.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the LAPD’s West Bureau Homicide office at 213-382-9470.