BELLFLOWER – A man who allegedly stabbed another man in Bellflower was fatally shot early Thursday by deputies who had gone to the area to investigate a report of a street takeover.
Deputies went to Artesia Boulevard and Downey Avenue about 12:10 a.m. after being notified that several cars had taken over the intersection and were doing “doughnuts,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and reports from the scene.
“Detectives have learned that deputies assigned to Lakewood Sheriff’s Station were at the intersection … regarding a street racing call,” a sheriff’s department statement said.
“While deputies were handling the street racing incident, they were flagged down by a victim who said a suspect had just stabbed him with a garden claw. The victim immediately pointed to the suspect, a male Hispanic in his 30s, and identified him as the person who stabbed him,” the statement said.
“Deputies attempted to detain the suspect, but he fled the scene southbound Downey Avenue on foot. When deputies caught up to the suspect, he turned around and advanced on them while swinging the approximately 3-foot-long garden claw with spikes on the end at them, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” the statement said.
The 32-year-old man was wounded multiple times, and he died at a hospital. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.
“The initial victim stabbed by the suspect was treated on scene by Los Angeles County fire paramedics,” the statement said. “It appears the street racing incident is not related to the stabbing incident. No deputies were injured during the incident.”
Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.