Woman ran for her life before deputies shot attacker, witness says

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LOS ANGELES - A sheriff's deputy shot a man who was seen stabbing a woman outside the courthouse in Chatsworth Monday, according to Los Angeles police.

Authorities were called to the courthouse after receiving a report of a man stabbing a woman and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded, according to Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Witnesses told KTLA a woman arrived at the courthouse driving a black Audi, with a man in the passenger seat. She started to ask the parking attendant for help when the man started stabbing her, according to two witnesses.

Tom Feher, an attorney who saw the stabbing and the shooting, said the assailant wielded a "big knife."

"The woman was literally climbing out of the car and stumbling and running for her life toward the courthouse," Feher said. "The man was behind her, chasing her with the knife."

He grabbed the woman in one hand and had the knife in the other, Feher said. Deputies told him to put the knife down.

"He didn't. That's when they opened fire," Feher said.

A knife could be seen left on the pavement outside the courthouse, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

Details initially available were few, but sheriff's Deputy Rodriguez confirmed a deputy-involved shooting occurred at the courthouse, which is near Winnetka

Avenue and Plummer Street.

The suspect was transported to a hospital in unknown condition, Rodriguez said. The adult male suffered a gunshot wound, the Sheriff's Department said in a brief news release.