A parking enforcement officer was stabbed to death by a janitor at a Southern California university on Friday before responding cops fatally shot the killer, authorities said.
The 37-year-old campus safety specialist was found in his department truck, fatally stabbed, by a Cal Poly Pomona co-worker at 4:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina.
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“The scene was quite brutal, a lot of blood,” said Corina, adding that the killer was also covered in blood from the stabbing. “It looks like the suspect cut himself in the attack … it looked like the victim put up a heck of a fight.”
Cal Poly and local city police officers swarmed the south end of campus before cops were directed a half-mile away by witnesses who spotted a school janitor behaving erratically.
“He was located by some other witnesses who saw him up there, He was acting strange,” said Corina.
Both a campus cop and a Pomona city officer fatally shot the 31-year-old custodian at 4:55 p.m., Corina confirmed.
The motive wasn’t immediately clear.
“Was he intoxicated, was he under the influence of drugs, did he have mental issues? We don’t know yet,” Corina said.
Cal Poly Pomona, with more than 25,000 students, is about 30 miles east of downtown LA.
The slain campus safety officer was sitting in his truck guarding a patch of undeveloped university property – a one-time state mental hospital that was sold to Cal Poly, officials said.
The school plans to develop it someday, but for now it’s a popular spot for shooting movies and TV shows. The victim was on duty, making sure no one was trespassing.
“We sent everyone we had and we’re very sad to see what we saw,” said Pomona city police chief Michael Olivieri, who thanked the public for helping cops find the killer.
“We need the public’s help. In this case we got the public’s help. Calls and people helping is what led us to where the suspect was. We appreciate everyone being diligent.”
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