Police shoot man wielding steak knife during Sherman Oaks domestic violence call

Los Angeles police shot a man they say was holding a knife in Sherman Oaks on Monday night.
(Los Angeles Times)

A police officer shot a man while responding to a domestic violence call in Sherman Oaks late Monday night, authorities said.

Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived at the 4200 block of Matilija Avenue about 11 p.m. and found a 75-year-old man holding a steak knife, authorities said. Police tried to “de-escalate” the situation but weren’t able to do so, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said during Tuesday’s Police Commission meeting. At some point, police used a Taser, and ultimately an officer shot the man once in his torso, he said.

The man was transported to a hospital in critical but stable condition, and no officers were injured, said LAPD Officer Irma Mota.

A steak knife was recovered and officers from the LAPD Force Investigation Division were at the scene Tuesday morning, Mota said. She did not know how many officers were present at the time of the shooting, and said there were no body cameras or in-car video.


Times reporter Kate Mather contributed to this post.

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3:35 p.m.: This article was updated with the man’s age and information from L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck.

This article originally published at 9:55 a.m.