WHITTIER – A man stabbed his wife to death before wounding himself Saturday in their home in an unincorporated county area near Whittier, authorities said.
Maria Guzman, 45, died at the scene of the stabbing, Detective Q. Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said.
Her 47-year-old husband, who is suspected in the killing, was not identified Sunday, as Rodriguez said officials were still working to confirm his true name.
The slaying was reported about 3:40 p.m. at a home in the 10700 block of Carmenita Road, near Florence Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Thomas said in a written statement.
“The homicide was a result of a domestic dispute between the victim and her husband,” according to Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. “After stabbing his wife, the suspect then intentionally stabbed himself before deputies arrived at the scene.”
The woman died at the scene, and the suspect was hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. He underwent surgery Sunday.
Detectives were able to interview the suspect Sunday, however Rodriguez declined to comment on what was said.
The weapon used in the stabbing, a kitchen knife, was found at the scene, the detective added.
The suspect had not been arrested Sunday, Rodriguez said, however he was expected to be taken into custody and charged with murder as soon as his medical condition allows.
Other than a domestic violence incident, a motive in the killing was not clear, he said. Besides the husband and wife, no one else was at the home when the stabbing occurred.