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Man charged with trying to kill 2 L.A. sheriff’s deputies at Santa Monica Metro station

Man charged with trying to kill L.A. sheriff’s deputies
Authorities investigate the Expo Line station in Santa Monica, where on Oct. 4 Thomas Napack allegedly charged toward two deputies, one of whom shot Napack.
(Christina House / For The Times)

A 31-year-old man was charged Wednesday with trying to kill two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were patrolling a Metro station in Santa Monica, authorities said.

Thomas Napack, 31, faces two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. If convicted, he faces up to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors allege that Napack carried a knife in each hand when, shortly before 1 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Metro’s new Expo Line station at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue, he charged at two deputies.

During the encounter, one of the deputies shot and wounded Napack.

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An overhead view of the shooting scene at the downtown Santa Monica Expo Line station.
An overhead view of the shooting scene at the downtown Santa Monica Expo Line station.
(KTLA-TV )

An attorney for Napack could not be reached for comment.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Katz said that before the shooting, a deputy grabbed Napack’s arm to try to gain control of one of the knives. Napack then brandished the second knife at the other deputy, Katz said.

The second deputy fired a weapon, striking Napack once in the upper torso, Katz said.

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Prosecutors said Napack is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the Airport Courthouse. His bail is expected to be set about $2 million.

matt.hamilton@latimes.com

Twitter: @MattHjourno.


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