One Dead in Stabbing, Shooting at Metro Station in Hollywood

One Dead in Stabbing, Shooting at Metro Station in Hollywood

A Los Angeles Metro Rail employee walks in the Hollywood train station in Los Angeles on April 1, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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5/7/2024

Updated: 5/7/2024

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LOS ANGELES—A man who allegedly stabbed a security guard at a Metro B Line Station in the Hollywood neighborhood Tuesday was fatally shot by a guard at the facility, according to authorities and Metro.
Officers and paramedics were sent to the 1500 block of North Vermont Avenue at about 9:10 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department.
According to the LAFD, paramedics were directed to the platform level of the station, and they also learned about a second victim nearby at Vermont and De Longpre avenues.
“This morning, Metro Contract Security encountered a trespasser during a routine security sweep of an ancillary—non-public—area of the Vermont/Sunset Station,” Metro’s Jose Ubaldo said in a statement.
“This resulted in an altercation where Contract Security Guards first utilized pepper spray and then after the trespasser stabbed one of the Contract Security Guards in the leg, a Contract Security Guard fired a weapon in self-defense. The Contract Security Guard has been transported to the hospital in stable condition. The trespasser did not survive his injuries. Metro is working with our Contract Security team to provide the support and assistance they need. The Los Angeles Police Department is leading the investigation.”
It was unclear if the guard who shot the man was the same guard who had been stabbed.
According to the LAPD, a man in his 40s who had been shot was found unconscious and not breathing.
Information was not immediately available on the identity of the person who died. According to broadcast reports, the man died about a block away.
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