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Man fatally shot in Laguna Niguel; deputy, 2 others injured

September 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man armed with a knife after the deputy and two other people were stabbed in Laguna Niguel Tuesday night.

Neighbors said the chaos erupted around 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Chandon.

"We just heard some police come in with their tires screeching and everything, then we heard a little bit of yelling after that, and then a whole mag go off of the bullets one after another non-stop," said Yobani Salas, a neighbor.

When the gunfire stopped, the suspect was dead, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The deputy, who was stabbed in both arms, along with a man and woman, who were also stabbed multiple times, were rushed to the hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

"The deputies responded to the location here for a call of unknown trouble. They also stated that there was a victim who had been stabbed lying in the street. Deputies arrived. At some point after their arrival, an officer-involved shooting resulted," said Lt. Jeff Hallock with the sheriff's department.

The violence has shocked residents in the normally-quiet neighborhood. They say there have never been any signs of trouble before.

"There was a domestic dispute between his son and his mother, and then it led to some type of an escalation, and there were multiple shots heard by the neighbors," said Robert Fair, a neighbor.

Investigators have not said what the suspect's relationship was to those victims or what sparked the violence. They say the incident remains under investigation.


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