CVPD identifies officer stabbed while responding to concrete-throwing incident

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A police officer, who was stabbed in the head, face and arm before shooting and killing a domestic dispute suspect at a Chula Vista home this week, was identified Friday.

Officer David Sachs, one-and-a-half year veteran with the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), was responding to a call about a domestic dispute in the 700 block of Monterey Ave. Tuesday evening when he was attacked by 27-year-old David Scott, according to Chula Vista Police Department.

Sachs was stabbed five or six times in the head, face and arm before opening fire on the suspect just before 10:30 p.m. Scott initially survived the shooting, but died in an ambulance on the way to the UC San Diego Medical Center, CVPD Lt. Kenny Heinz said.

Sachs was hospitalized and required stitches, but was expected to make a full recovery.

Sachs and a second officer were dispatched to Monterey Ave. after being alerted to a report that Scott and a neighbor were in some sort of dispute that involved concrete throwing, The two officers deemed the incident a possible felony assault and Scott’s mother allowed them inside the home to speak with him, CVPD Capt. Vern Sallee said.

"As the first officer entered the residence through the front door, the suspect quickly and unexpectedly lunged around a corner and attacked the officer,” Heinz said. "The officer initially thought the suspect was punching him, but quickly realized he was being stabbed by the suspect.”

The officer fired his service handgun several times and Scott was struck multiple times, Heinz said. After the shooting, the second officer and a civilian CVPD chaplain helped the wounded officer out of the house to wait for medical help.

Backup officers then "entered the residence to find the suspect on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds,” Heinz said. Officers rendered aid to Scott, but he died on the way to the hospital.

The CVPD’s violent crimes unit and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office were conducting an investigation. 

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