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3 killed in California police shootings; officer stabbed

Police Shooting (FILE)
Posted at 10:53 AM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 13:53:19-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have shot and killed three people and an officer has been stabbed in a series of Southern California confrontations.

The violence began before dawn Thursday when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot a man they say approached them with a 3-foot-long spiked garden claw in Bellflower.

Another man armed with a gun was killed at around 4 a.m. in Anaheim after a five-hour standoff and a 47-year-old woman died Thursday afternoon after she stabbed a San Diego police dog handler in the chest.

The officer was one of several called to help sheriff's deputies serve civil paperwork.

The wounded officer was treated at a hospital and released.