A knife-wielding man was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies at the same Santa Clarita intersection where a woman was found stabbed to death a few hours earlier.
The shooting occurred at about 7:40 a.m. Jan. 8 at Bouquet Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road, where the woman was found stabbed to death at about 1:15 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.
Homicide investigators and deputies were at the intersection investigating the woman’s death when they saw the man walking on a dirt access road adjacent to the road where the woman’s body was discovered, sheriff’s officials said. The access road was private and cordoned off by a barbed wire fence.
The man, later identified as Alon Foster, 44, reportedly produced a knife when he was contacted by deputies and they attempted to detain him safely, the officials said. The man was shot when he advanced toward the deputies.
The woman, identified as Sheila Ashley, 49, and the suspect were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators were working to determine if there was a connection between the knife-wielding man and the stabbing victim, the officials said.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau urged anyone with information about either incident to call them at (323) 890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477 or http://lacrimestoppers.org.