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Johnny Martinez, 28

Johnny Martinez, a 28-year-old Latino, was shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies Saturday, Oct. 4, in the 1100 block of West 75th Street in Vermont Knolls, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Shortly before 7 p.m., deputies called to a duplex regarding an assault with a deadly weapon call, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

When deputies arrived, they were met by a 44-year-old man with stab wounds, said sheriff’s Lt. Dave Coleman. The man said he had been stabbed and directed deputies to the back of the home, where they encountered Martinez, who was sitting on a porch down the driveway, Coleman said.

Deputies attempted to detain Martinez on suspicion of stabbing the man, but authorities said he refused to cooperate.

Initially, deputies “administered less-lethal force,” but it didn’t work. Coleman said that Martinez charged at a deputy with the knife over his head. At that point, four deputies feared for their safety and the safety of each other and opened fire.

A knife was recovered at the home. The man who was stabbed was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Contact the Homicide Report. Follow @nicolesantacruz and @latimeshomicide on Twitter.

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