San Diego Police cruiser
A San Diego Police cruiser. Photo by Chris Stone

A San Diego Police officer was stabbed in the chest in Little Italy Thursday during a confrontation that led to a female suspect’s death.

Officers opened fire on the suspect, a 47-year-old woman, at a residence in the 400 block of West Beach Street shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to SDPD officials.

Police had responded to an “urgent cover” request from San Diego Sheriff’s deputies, who were serving an eviction notice.

After police arrived, the woman opened the door holding a chef’s knife and stabbed one officer in the chest, prompting three deputies and one police officer to fire their service weapons. The woman died at the scene.

The injured officer was treated and released from UCSD Medical Center. Chief David Nisleit expressed his gratitude to hospital staff and members of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department for their efforts in treating the wounded officer. 

The woman has been identified but her name is not being released at this time.  Detectives are processing the scene, gathering all video footage and interviewing the involved law enforcement officers and witnesses. 

The shooting forced closures of traffic lanes in the immediate area into the late afternoon.

Updated at 11:55 p.m. Thursday, March 3

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.