UPDATE: Stabbing suspect shot, killed by Signal Hill police

A man suspected of stabbing someone near Food 4 Less in Signal Hill was shot and killed by police Monday, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives are leading the investigation into the shooting, authorities said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., police were called to the Food 4 Less grocery store at 1600 E. Willow St. to assist with a reported stabbing near the store’s loading dock, according to Lt. Calderaro of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Calderaro, witnesses on the scene told police that the suspect had fled westbound on Willow Street. A Signal Hill police officer set out in pursuit of the suspects and spotted a man who matched the suspect description, according to authorities.

The officer, who was traveling alone in his police vehicle, made contact with the suspect, Calderaro said. The suspect did not comply with orders to stop and was reportedly carrying a large knife, Calderaro said.

A struggle between the officer and the suspect ensued, with the suspect reportedly charging at the officer with a knife, at which point the officer fired, according to Calderaro. It’s unknown at this point how many shots were fired.

The shooting was reported just after 12:55 p.m. in the 1000 block of Willow Street, according to authorities.

The man was transported to a local hospital, where he died. His identity and the identity of the officer have not yet been released.

Willow Street remained closed between California Avenue and Walnut Avenue for an unknown duration as LASD homicide detectives investigated, according to the Signal Hill Police Department.

Because of the small size of the Signal Hill Police Department, LASD homicide detectives are the lead investigators on all Signal Hill homicides, including those involving officers, Calderaro said.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.