SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A San Diego police officer was stabbed in Little Italy Thursday during a confrontation that led to a law enforcement shooting. The stabbing happened during a standoff with police. The suspect was shot and killed during the standoff.
At least one officer opened fire on a suspect in the area of Beech and State streets shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to SDPD officials.
Neighbors CBS 8 spoke with say the woman who was shot and killed by police had mental health issues.
The officer who was stabbed has been treated and released from UCSD Medical Center. The officer is expected to be okay.
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Acting police captain Matt Dobbs says the 47-year-old woman inside did not cooperate when authorities were at the door.
"Deputies from the court services unit had gone on to that location to serve the female resident with some kind of civil process paperwork when they met the female at the door she was holding a knife," said Dobbs.
Dobbs says the woman was known in the apartment complex.
"One of the employees of the complex, the same female, had threatened a male maintenance worker with a knife the previous day," said Dobbs.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was wearing a vest. The woman stabbed him with a large knife which prompted officers to shoot.
During that contact the SDPD K-9 handler was stabbed in the chest with a large chefs knife, prompting the officers to open fire.
"There were three members of the sheriff's department and a San Diego police officer that opened fire," said Dobbs.
Dobbs says there was a 45 to 50 minute confrontation with the woman, who was not speaking English. At a news conference Thursday night, reporters asked if interpreters were called in to assist.
"There were less lethal options there they had contacted her regarding the female, as far as what role those resources played i don’t know that will be part of the interview process," said Dobbs.
One of the woman’s neighbors, who chose not to be identified, says he’s upset and wants to know if there was a better way to handle the situation.
Police were responding to a warrant service at the residence and the suspect was allegedly barricaded in an apartment.
In an online statement, the San Diego Police Officers Association disclosed that the wounded officer had been stabbed, wishing him a "speedy recovery."
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