Coroner identifies man in fatal stabbing

The Los Angeles County Coroner has identified the man who was fatally stabbed by his roommate during a dispute Thursday morning as 30-year-old Kosta Kritikos.

Long Beach police are still investigating what exactly happened just before they were called to an apartment on the 2600 block of East 56th Street at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, but said they are trying to determine if the suspect, only identified as a man, was also the victim of a crime.

This means that the possibility of the stabbing being in self-defense is being investigated, a police spokeswoman said. The suspect was cooperating with the police investigation, officials said.

Man dies after being stabbed by roommate during dispute, police say

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.