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Angeles County | Community News File / West Los Angeles

Officer Attacked With Knife, Shoots Suspect

September 11, 1998

A Los Angeles police officer underwent surgery Thursday after being attacked by a knife-wielding man whom the officer then shot and wounded, a police spokesman said.

Patrol Officers John Willingham and James Norton were sent to investigate a landlord-tenant dispute in the 1600 block of Beloit Avenue about noon Wednesday, said Officer Eduardo Funes of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The officers were directed to the apartment of a tenant who had been causing a disturbance, Funes said.

"The suspect opened the door and began acting in a bizarre manner," Funes said.

The man got a knife and attacked Willingham, severely cutting his hand.

Willingham, fearing for his life, fired at the suspect at close range, wounding him in the upper torso, police said.

Willingham and the suspect, whose name was not released, were taken to a hospital, Funes said. Police had no information about their conditions late Thursday.

The suspect is expected to be booked for the attempted murder of a police officer, Funes said.

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