Long Beach, California, police confront, kill man they say stabbed 6 people



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LONG BEACH, California — A man who had recently been released from jail stabbed his wife and five other people, including three at a convalescent home, before he was shot to death by police, authorities and a relative said.

Derrick Lee Hunt, 28, of Long Beach, died when he was shot Friday night. A knife with a 7-inch blade was found, police said.

There was no immediate word on the motive for the attack. Five of the victims were listed in stable condition at hospitals, and the sixth person was treated at the scene for minor wounds, police said.

A report of a stabbing in progress sent officers to East Artesia Boulevard shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to a police statement.

"Citizens were frantically waving down the officers and pointing in the direction of where the suspect could be located," the statement said.

Police confronted the man and shot him. Details of the confrontation were not immediately released.

Investigators said the man stabbed his 29-year-old wife, her 25-year-old brother and a 24-year-old neighbor at an apartment complex, then crossed the street and stabbed three employees at a convalescent home.

The employees, all women, were a 23-year-old from Bell Gardens, a 33-year-old from Los Angeles and a 24-year-old from Whittier, police said.

Hunt's sister, Shawntris Leake, told KNBC-TV that he had been released from jail less than two weeks ago and the two had spent time together earlier in the day. She did not indicate the reason he had been jailed.

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