Los Angeles police shot a person armed with a knife close to the town’s famed Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday as violent crime continues to surge throughout the nation.

The LAPD confirmed to Fox News {that a} man carrying a knife was shot by police at 11:06 a.m. native time close to the intersection of Hollywood and Highland boulevards after stabbing a lady.

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“At around 11 AM Hollywood division officers were in the area of Hollywood and Highland when they were approached by a victim described as a 19 year old female suffering from a stab wound,” the LAPD posted on Twitter. “The victim directed officers to the suspect a male in his 30s armed with a knife.”

The tweet added that officers contacted the suspect who was nonetheless armed and gave him instructions to drop the knife. Police say the suspect ignored these requests and was shot by police.

The LAPD spokesperson added that the person was taken to an area hospital and was in police custody. The feminine sufferer, who was stabbed within the stomach, was additionally hospitalized and was in steady situation. 

The capturing got here the identical week the FBI launched 2020 crime statistics that confirmed a surge in homicide nationwide.

The United States noticed a virtually 30% soar in homicides in 2020 in comparison with 2019, in keeping with the FBI. That was the most important single-year enhance in killings for the reason that company started monitoring crimes. 

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More than 21,000 homicides had been reported final 12 months, 4,901 greater than in 2019, the largest leap for the reason that Nineteen Sixties. Overall violent crime – which incorporates homicides, rape, theft and aggravated assault – elevated 5.6%, and property crimes dropped by almost 8%, in keeping with FBI knowledge. 

The soar comes as a number of cities are seeing file spikes in gun violence after many years of declines in violent crime. The report confirmed a lot of the violence concerned weapons. About 77% of reported murders had been dedicated with some sort of gun. 

Statistics launched by the Los Angeles County sheriff earlier this 12 months confirmed a 200% crime spike from the identical time in 2020.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva instructed Fox News that criminals are emboldened by District Attorney George Gascón’s progressive insurance policies and careworn that individuals should perceive that elections have penalties.

“They need to really pick and choose very carefully because for them it’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and, ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,'” Villanueva stated. “Yet they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano and Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.