L.A. police shoot man holding a kitchen knife in Highland Park

Los Angeles Police Department headquarters with a reflection of City Hall across the street.
Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown L.A.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Police shot a man carrying a kitchen knife who they say threatened to harm people in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Around 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of North Nolden Street after receiving reports of a man making threats and claiming he was armed with a gun, according to a statement the Los Angeles Police Department posted on social media.

Responding officers encountered a 51-year-old man with a large kitchen knife in a building’s stairwell, the statement says. Police shot the man as he advanced toward the officers with the weapon, an LAPD spokesperson said.


The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

No bystanders or officers were harmed in the incident. Police warned that streets in the area would be closed for several hours.