The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has asked police to conduct further investigation into a stabbing death in Santa Monica before deciding whether to file a case against a man arrested in connection with the killing, a spokesman for the office said Wednesday.

Sean Alexander Graves, 28, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the attack, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Monday in the 300 block of Broadway, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

Officers sent to the scene on a report of gunfire found a male victim with a stab wound to his neck. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he died. The victim’s name was withheld pending notification of his relatives, and police did not release his age.

“Officers learned an altercation between the victim and a male and female began near the Santa Monica Pier and ended up in the 300 block of Broadway where the victim was stabbed,” according to a police statement. “Witnesses who were with the victim provided a description of both subjects along with their last known direction of travel.`At one point during this altercation, a shot was fired and a spent .45 (caliber) casing was located. However, it is unclear who fired that round.”

Police said they detained Graves and a female who both “were identified by the witnesses as the subjects involved in the incident” and found a knife believed to have been used in the stabbing. The female was interviewed and released, according to police.

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