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Los Angeles County deputies fatally shoot stabbing suspect

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Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 18:25:02-05

BELLFLOWER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies investigating a stabbing fatally shot a suspect who advanced toward them while swinging a garden tool with spikes.

A Sheriff's Department statement says the shooting occurred around 12:10 a.m. Thursday in Bellflower after deputies responded to a call about street racing.

Deputies were flagged down by a victim who said he had just been stabbed with a garden claw and pointed out the assailant, who fled.

The department says the deputies fired when the suspect turned and advanced toward them while swinging a 3-foot-long garden claw with spikes.

The stabbing appeared to be unrelated to the street racing incident.