The third fatal police shooting in the previous week occurred on Thursday in Sawtelle, according to Los Angeles police.
According to a statement on Twitter from the Los Angeles Police Department, officers were called to the area near Pico and Sawtelle Boulevards, close to the 405 Freeway, around 5 p.m. regarding reports of a person carrying a knife.
A person brandishing a knife allegedly charged at the responding officer after the officer arrived and exited his vehicle.
The person was shot by the officer and taken to a hospital in critical condition. The LAPD reported that the person had passed away at the hospital just after 9 o’clock.
According to the LAPD, a knife was reportedly discovered at the scene, and the officer was hurt when he “fell during the incident.”
According to fire officials, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the area at 4:47 p.m. regarding reports of an injured person or a person in distress and called the LAPD with the information.
Two days prior to the shooting on Thursday, an LAPD officer shot and killed a man in Wilmington’s 600 block of West Anaheim Street. The man allegedly had a handgun, according to the police.
A second man, who was allegedly armed, was also shot and killed by Los Angeles police on Saturday near 36th Place and Maple Avenue in South L.A.
Few details about those shootings have been disclosed by police officials, and The Times was unable to independently confirm either police account.