SHERMAN OAKS—An elderly man who was allegedly armed with a steak knife was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Sherman Oaks on Monday, June 19, authorities reported.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to the 4200 block of Matilija Avenue, just off Ventura Boulevard, at about 11 p.m., following a domestic violence report. They found a man in his mid-seventies in front of the home, armed with a steak knife.
According to Sergeant Frank Preciado, a spokesperson for the LAPD, authorities first attempted to de-escalate the situation and reason with the suspect. They ordered him to drop the knife, but the suspect refused. An officer deployed a Taser, which did not subdue the man. An officer-involved shooting occurred in an attempt to disarm the suspect.
The suspect was struck at least once in the upper torso and transported to a local hospital in critical, but stable condition, according to officials. His wife was treated for unspecified injuries at the scene. A steak knife was recovered in front of the home. The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed to the public.
No officers were injured in the confrontation. According to the LAPD, they were not equipped with body cameras or in-car video cameras.
No further details were immediately released. The case is being investigated by the Force Investigation Division (FID).