Man accused of killing friend in North Park arrested

SAN DIEGO -- A transient was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a friend on Memorial Day during a quarrel near the victim's North Park home.

San Diego police arrested Brandon Kyle Cooper, 36, without incident at Seaport Village shopping center in the Marina area about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, homicide Lt. Mike Holden said.

Cooper allegedly stabbed 38-year-old Spencer Thompson in the abdomen in the 2800 block of University Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Medics took Thompson to Scripps Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspect and victim apparently had known each other for "quite a while," according to Holden, who declined to disclose the nature of the disagreement that allegedly led to the slaying.

Cooper was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first- degree murder and an outstanding probation violation. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.