A man who was fatally stabbed in South Pasadena last week is believed to have been killed in an act of defense after he attacked an ex-girlfriend, authorities said.
Justin Goss, a 40-year-old resident of Glendale, was pronounced dead at the scene after officers with the South Pasadena Police Department arrived, according to officials. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Department said this week that the stabbing occurred at 9:59 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in a home in the 500 block of Five Oaks Drive. Officers were initially called to the home on a report of possible domestic violence, and when they arrived they found that a front window was shattered and there were multiple women screaming inside the home.
Goss had been stabbed by then, authorities said, and responders with the South Pasadena Fire Department pronounced him dead.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, investigators have determined that Goss broke into the home and attacked his estranged girlfriend, who lived there. After he began choking her, investigators said, the woman’s mother and sister arrived and began attacking Goss with a golf club. He was stabbed shortly afterward, investigators added.
The woman was treated for facial injuries at a local hospital and released.
The Sheriff’s Department typically handles homicide investigations for the SPPD, according to South Pasadena Detective Richard Lee.
It was unclear whether local officers previously responded to domestic incidents involving Goss and the victim. Lee referred the question to the Sheriff’s Department, which did not respond by the Review’s press deadline.
That department also had not answered by deadline whether its deputies had ever interacted with Goss.
Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the Glendale Police Department said his agency has no record of past interactions with Goss.
Those with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anyone who wishes to make an anonymous report may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), downloading the P3 Tips app on their smartphone or visit lacrimestoppers.org.