A Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a transient Thursday outside a Skid Row fast-food restaurant after an officer saw him slashing at another man with a knife, police said.
Dozens of people waiting for meals at a nearby South Los Angeles Street mission looked on during the attack.
According to Police Lt. Charles Higbie, Officer Brett A. Peters, 24, ordered Mark Vorhees, 28, to drop the knife, but Vorhees refused.
He turned instead and raised his knife as if he were going to stab the officer, Higbie said, adding: "The officer, believing he was going to be stabbed, fired one round from his service revolver."
Vorhees died at the scene.