Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Stabbing Suspect in Altadena, California

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Altadena, California — On January 22, 2023, at approximately 5:14 PM, deputies assigned to the Altadena Sheriff’s Station responded to a call at a gas station on the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road. The call was regarding a male chasing and attempting to stab people with a sharp metal object. The male was later identified as 47-year-old Charles Towns. When deputies arrived at the location, they saw Towns walking south across Woodbury Avenue.

The deputies followed Towns in their patrol vehicles as he walked west on Woodbury Road along the south sidewalk. One of the pursuing deputies exited his patrol vehicle and ordered Towns to stop and drop his weapon. Towns did not comply and continued to walk south onto the 2100 block of El Sereno Avenue, where they witnessed him stab an elderly female in her face. Towns, while still armed with the sharp object, was actively attempting to stab another person, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.

Towns fell to the ground, got up, and advanced toward deputy personnel as the deputy-involved shooting continued. Towns collapsed at the apron of the driveway, approximately 10 to 12 feet from where he initially fell. Towns sustained gunshot wounds to his torso. Deputies rendered first aid to Towns until the Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at the scene. There were two civilians injured from stabbing /cutting injuries in this incident. The sharp object, later determined to be scissors, was recovered from the ground in the area where the male originally fell.

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0:00 – 911 Call
0:45 – Surveillance Footage
2:48 – Bodycam: Deputy #1
3:48 – Bodycam: Deputy #2

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42 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Deputies Shoot Stabbing Suspect in Altadena, California

  1. “He was pronounced dead at the scene” As i was hoping. Don’t need randomly violent idiots like this walking the streets.

  2. This is why you shoot armed people without fucking around waiting. This is also why when you hear Police sirens you stay vigilant of your surroundings until you know you are safe. That guy near his car just stood there waiting for the guy to stab or take him hostage. Luckily for him this guy was slow as fuck.

  3. Good thing GOOD people can’t be armed to defend themselves and the cops treat a psycho with kid gloves because he’s black

  4. Cali officers do need a lot more training. I see cali cops and I wonder “where do they get training from? GTA?”

  5. California disgusts me.
    Let everyone out of prisons and mental institutions, and you get a state flooded with the criminally ill roaming the streets.

  6. What the hell were the four officers in their cars waiting for? They should all be fired. Good kill AFTER the fact though. My goodness this was BAD on the part of the officers! (Unless they legit didn’t know who they were supposed to apprehend which can be disproved by the first interaction where the guy with a knife was running away) Anyway, post-God world is SO FUN right guys? RIGHT!?

  7. I don't understand why they just let them walk around and stab people – there were more than enough cops to temp challenge that dude before he hurt the old lady

  8. California…. had the police not shot that man, he woulda been released and back on the street before they could even clock off for the end of their shift.

  9. The police knew he had a knife. He should’ve never gotten that far down the street. I feel the cops failed here. And I don’t usually think that way.

  10. laws are weird, a boot to the face as he was on the ground instead of more gunshots as he was standing probably would've saved his life, but lawsuit

  11. I was disheartened that they did not shoot him or at least capture him before he injured her. He walked around free and was able to stab someone before police reacted. It was like the old lady was used as bait.

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