Sunday, July 31, 2011

Suspect Killed After Stabbing L.A. Officer in Church

Four Los Angeles police officers were injured on Saturday, one of them critically, when a 64 year-old woman who may have been asleep at the wheel struck their cruisers, police said.

The 2:20 a.m. crash in the city's Woodland Hills suburb occurred as the officers responded to a fight at a loud party, said police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman.

A 64 year-old driver at the wheel of a Jaguar struck two parked police cruisers, in a chain reaction crash that injured the four officers, who were standing outside their vehicles and were struck by them, Eisenman said.

The woman driver and all four officers were hospitalized. One officer remains in critical condition with broken ribs and other injuries, Eisenman said.

Police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman says the man was freed Saturday afternoon and attacked medics taking him to a hospital in a private ambulance.
Commander Andrew Smith tells the Los Angeles Times the man jumped out of the ambulance and ran into a church in Boyle Heights.
Smith says as officers searched the church with a dog, the man stabbed one of them through the bicep with an 8-inch knife. He says at least one officer then fired and killed the man.
Eisenman says the officer is in a hospital and is expected to survive.

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