SANTA MONICA—A man armed with two knives was shot during a struggle with sheriff’s deputies at the Downtown Santa Monica Expo station on Tuesday, October 4.
At approximately 12:55 p.m., the suspect—who has not been identified—was carrying a knife in his right hand when he approached and then lunged at two sheriff’s deputies on the station platform, authorities said.
One deputy grabbed the man’s arm in an attempt to retrieve the knife, a struggle ensued near Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue.
“He approached the deputies and there was a struggle over that knife,” Lt. Joe Mendoza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “During the struggle the suspect produced a second knife, at which time there was a deputy-involved shooting that occurred.”
One of the deputies fired a single shot that struck the suspect in the torso, according to the sheriff’s department.
The man was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition; officials have since reported he was expected to survive. No deputies were injured during the altercation.
It’s still unclear whether or not the suspect was riding the Expo Line train prior to the incident, but he had come from the same direction as a train that had recently arrived, the Sheriff’s Department reported. Investigators will review surveillance footage from the scene.
The downtown Santa Monica station was closed following the shooting. Trains were turned back at the 17th Street/Santa Monica College station, according to officials.
Bus shuttles were offered for transportation between the Downtown Santa Monica and 17th Street/ Santa Monica college stations.
Los Angeles Metro tweeted: “EXPO LINE: Downtown Santa Monica Station closed until notice due to police activity. Use 17th St/SMC Station” at 1:23 p.m.”
The station was re-opened at about 8 p.m., according to Metro.