SANTA MONICA (CNS / FOX 11) - A suspect armed with two large kitchen-type knives was shot Tuesday by a transit deputy at a Metro Expo Line station in Santa Monica, authorities said.
No deputies were injured in the shooting, which was reported about 12:55 p.m. at the Downtown Santa Monica Station at Fourth Street and Colorado Boulevard, according to the sheriff's department, which is responsible for
security on Metro routes.
The unidentified suspect, described only as a white man, was hospitalized in critical condition, but was expected to survive, according to Ramon Montenegro of the sheriff's Transit Police Division.
The suspect had a knife in his right hand when he walked aggressively toward two deputies who were on the station platform, sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza alleged.
"The suspect lunged towards the deputies and there was a struggle over the knife, at which time he produced a second knife, and during the struggle, a deputy-involved shooting occurred,'' Mendoza told reporters at the scene.
One of the deputies fired a single shot that struck the suspect in the torso, according to the sheriff's department.
Buses were brought in to transport rail passengers between the intersection of Fifth Street and Broadway and the 17th Street/Santa Monica College Station, according to Metro.
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