By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Sources: Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles City Fire Department (Information)
Pictures: KTLA 5 and KABC 7 (Courtesy)
Encino, California: A stabbing suspect who stabbed several people inside the Encino Hospital Medical Center was taken into police custody and hospitalized following a barricade standoff on Friday, June 3rd, 2022.
The Los Angeles Police Department said the incident started at around 3:50 p.m. PT when when a suspect, describe only as a man in his mid to late 30’s, parked his car in the middle of Ventura Boulevard, and walked directly into the hospital emergency room asking for medical treatment for anxiety.
Soon after, the man allegedly stabbed 2 nurses and a doctor in an area of the emergency room.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department along with firefighters and paramedics from the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded to the scene.
Reports that the 3 stabbing victims were wheeled out of the facility and authorities transported them to a trauma center.
A spokesperson for the Encino Hospital Medical Center said, “Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center received three patients to our Level II Trauma Center suffering stab wounds from the incident at Encino Hospital Medical Center. All three patients are currently listed in stable condition.”
The stabbing suspect then barricaded himself in the hospital for several hours as SWAT team arrived and entered the hospital.
At around 8:00 p.m. PT, the Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton confirmed that the stabbing suspect has been taken into custody.
Reports that the stabbing suspect was lead out of the hospital and placed into an ambulance where he was then taken to another hospital in Sherman Oaks, California.
The Los Angeles Police Department said that the stabbing suspect was being treated for a “self-inflicted wounds to his arms.”
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the stabbing suspect has a prior criminal record, and has previously been arrested twice, most recently for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest sometime last year.
At this moment, there is no information that makes authorities believe the stabbing suspect has any prior relationship with the victims he stabbed.
The hospital remains closed, and Ventura Boulevard from Libbit Avenue to Woodley Avenue also remains closed as detectives remains on scene conducting a thorough investigation.
Thanks to all of the law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and emergency personnel who responded to this incident.