LAPD officer stabbed with butcher knife; suspect killed

A Los Angeles police officer on Saturday shot and killed a 35-year-old man who allegedly assaulted an ambulance medic and then stabbed an officer with a butcher knife, authorities said.

The dead man, who was not identified by police, was being transported to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center about 2:30 p.m. after he was injured in a fight at the downtown Twin Towers jail.

The man attacked the medics and then jumped out of the moving ambulance in Boyle Heights, near Mission Road and Richmond Street. He then ran into the El Divino Salvador Presbyterian Church on Echandia Street.

When officers searched the church with a police dog, the man jumped one of them and stabbed him through the left bicep with the 8-inch knife, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

At least one of the officers fired multiple shots at the man, killing him, Smith said.

The injured officer was taken to Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. His wounds were not life-threatening.

Smith said no security was provided during the ambulance trip to the hospital because the man had just been officially released from County Jail, where he was being held on a misdemeanor charge.

Police released no other details about the shooting.

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