Suspect killed in Santa Monica officer-involved shooting

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- An investigation was underway Monday after a suspect was shot and killed by police in Santa Monica.

Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives responded to a call of assistance to an officer-involved shooting from the California Highway Patrol in the 3300 block of Pico Boulevard shortly before 12:30 a.m.

The incident began when CHP officers tried to make contact with a man spotted running on and off lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway at Centinela Boulevard. Sheriff's officials said the suspect was armed with a knife and charged toward the responding CHP officers. The officers then opened fire, one using non-lethal means.

Sheriff's officials said the entire ordeal last about 20 minutes.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured during the incident.

Sheriff's officials said the suspect's knife was recovered at the scene. It was not yet clear how many shots were fired at the suspect.

Two blocks of Pico Boulevard, west of the 10 Freeway at Centinela Avenue, were expected to be closed for up to six hours as officials investigated the scene.
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