A man was shot to death by police after allegedly attacking a woman and stabbing her more than 30 times in a domestic violence incident near state Highway 12 in Fairfield this morning, a police sergeant said. Police received a disturbance call from an apartment complex in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, several blocks from Highway 12, at 9:34 a.m., Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch said.
Officers arrived to find a female victim who had been stabbed more than 30 times. While rendering aid to her, the officers attained suspect information, he said. Other officers searched the surrounding area and found the suspect, who led them on a foot pursuit onto Highway 12, he said. Police tried to subdue the suspect with less-lethal weapons but were unsuccessful, Bloesch said. The suspect then attempted to attack officers with a knife, and at least one officer shot him. The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Deonte Traylor of Fairfield, was airlifted to a hospital and later pronounced dead, Bloesch said.
Traylor was on parole for robbery and has a long criminal history, he said. The victim was also airlifted to a hospital and remains in critical condition at a trauma center. Her name has not been released. Bloesch said the suspect and victim knew each other but did not disclose the nature of their relationship. He said that police are investigating the attack as a domestic violence incident. Both directions of state Highway 12 were closed for several hours between Pennsylvania and Beck avenues during the initial investigation. The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, Bloesch said.