Officers Kill Man Threatening to Kill Neighbors

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    Police shot and killed a man who was threatening neighbors with a knife inside an apartment in Logan Heights, police said. One man jumped out of a second floor window to escape.

    Officers heard screams for help coming from an apartment at 10:25 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Martin Avenue.

    The suspect had allegedly hit his neighbor in the face, left the apartment, went to his own apartment and armed himself with a large kitchen knife.

    “The suspect returned to the apartment and was threatening to kill the residents when the officers arrived,” Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

    One of the residents had jumped out of a second floor window to avoid being stabbed.

    The two officers climbed the stairs and approached the front door of the apartment.

    “The suspect opened the door, holding a large kitchen knife in his right hand,” Lt. Herbert said.

    The officers told him to drop the weapon, but he ignored them, according to police.

    “The suspect raised the knife in a threatening manner and walked out of the apartment, onto a small landing at the top of the stairs, toward the officers,” Lt. Herbert said.

    The officers, both two-year veterans, opened fire.

    “The suspect collapsed, falling back into the doorway of the apartment,” Lt. Herbert said.

    He died at the scene. 

    The man appears to be approximately 30 years old, police said. He has not been positively identified.

    The man who jumped out of the window suffered severe injuries to his legs and ankles. He was transported by paramedics and admitted to a local hospital.

    The officers involved in the shooting are assigned to Central Division. 

    It’s not clear what sparked the altercation between the neighbors.