Man stabbed to death during fight at Long Beach Metro station

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A man was found stabbed to death on the Metro Blue Line platform in Long Beach early Friday morning, causing the closure of the Wardlow Station.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives responded to the 3400 block of North Pacific Place on reports of a man found stabbed in the area around 2:14 a.m.

Transit Policing Division deputies patrolling the station saw two men get into a fight. One of the men was injured on the ground, and when the other noticed the deputies, he fled the scene.

Deputies requested help, and Long Beach police officers responded to find the suspect. He was located on West Wardlow Road and used several weapons before he was taken into custody less than a mile from the scene.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment of self-inflicted stab sounds. He is listed in critical condition, police said.

It remained unclear what led to the stabbing. Authorities said both the victim and the suspect were transients.

Authorities closed off Wardlow Road from Pacific Place to Magnolia Avenue and Pacific Place from Wardlow Road to the 405 Freeway during the investigation. Buses took the place of trains between the Willow-Del Amo Station, according to Metro Rider Alerts tweets. Riders could also be picked up by a bus at the corner of Wardlow Road and Pacific Place.

The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information was asked to call the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous could call the Crime Stoppers hotline at (800) 222-8477.
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