Editor’s note: This story contains content related to domestic violence and suicide.
SAN DIEGO – An argument between a man and a woman turned deadly Saturday evening in downtown San Diego.
According to San Diego police, a call came in at 11:19 p.m. reporting that a man and a woman were arguing at a condominium in the Grande South complex at 1199 Pacific Highway in the Core Columbia neighborhood.
About 10 minutes later, police reported another call, this time about a stabbing in the apartment complex’s parking garage.
Central Division officers and San Diego Fire-Rescue paramedics arrived on scene within minutes. According to police, a 64-year-old man was found with multiple stab wounds to the chest and head.
According to SDPD, officers also discovered a 27-year-old male security guard with a stab wound to his arm and a 62-year-old woman with bruises to her head.
Paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the man with multiple stab wounds, but police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are currently investigating the incident.
The security guard and woman were taken to a local hospital for treatment and both were released a short time later, SDPD said.
While the investigation is still in its early stages, SDPD says investigators have learned that the deceased man and the injured woman are married. They were reportedly involved in a domestic violence situation that prompted neighbors to call the police.
Investigators also learned that the suspect, described as a 58-year-old man, was known to the couple.
During this incident, an argument allegedly occurred between the two men and the woman, which police said was related to the suspect’s relationship with the victim’s wife.
During that altercation, police reported that the victim went to the parking garage to confront the suspect while the woman flagged down a complex security guard to intervene.
At that time there was a fight between the victim and the suspect in the parking garage. The suspect reportedly stabbed the victim multiple times and the security guard was stabbed once in the arm while attempting to intervene, SDPD said.
The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle. According to police, a citizen called around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and reported seeing a vehicle partially parked on the sidewalk with an apparent bullet hole in the rear window. It was located in the area of Dairy Mart Road and Vista Lane in San Ysidro.
Officers responded and found a deceased man inside the vehicle with what was believed to be a self-inflicted single gunshot wound to the head, SDPD said. This person was confirmed to be the suspect in the downtown murder.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect’s death was an apparent suicide, police said. The San Diego Medical Examiner will ultimately make that decision.
There are currently no outstanding suspects.
Homicide detectives are examining the crime scene for physical evidence and attempting to locate surveillance video and witnesses to this incident.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Homicide at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the San Diego County Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240.
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