Police fatally shot a man brandishing a knife outside a Folsom apartment building Thursday afternoon after a woman and her infant son were stabbed, authorities said.
The two victims and the suspect, who was shot after Folsom officers arrived at the scene on Montrose Drive at 2:30 p.m., were taken to area hospitals, said Officer Andrew Bates, Folsom police spokesman.
The 6-month-old boy died later at an area hospital. Neither the victims nor the suspect were identified.
“We received multiple calls of a stabbing that was in progress,” Bates said. “We had officers respond. The first officer to arrive confronted a single subject who was armed with a large knife. That officer shot the subject.”
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Bates said the suspect, a male in his early 20s, died en route to an area hospital. His name was not released.
Bates said woman, the suspect’s aunt, is in critical condition at an area hospital.
Folsom police cordoned off Montrose Drive, a popular pass-through for motorists in the city, and called surrounding police agencies for assistance.
“We’re pouring out all of our resources into finding out what happened, (and) getting witnesses interviewed,” Bates said Friday afternoon.
James McLean, a neighbor, said he heard two gunshots and some screaming from the nearby apartment building as he was doing yardwork.
He said he went to investigate and saw authorities tending to a wounded man who appeared to be offering “some resistance.”
Bates said the suspect “did struggle and fight with officers until they were able to get him into custody.”
Nearby, he said, he saw an apparently injured woman “lying on the grass by the wall.” He said she was alive and “her legs were moving.”
Soon afterward, he said, he saw paramedics taking out an injured child.
“I wish I took a video, because I was right there,” he said.
“If a baby is involved, it’s just horrible,” said another neighbor, Joshua Smith, 23, who said he witnessed neither the incident nor the immediate aftermath.