73-year-old Tanh Thien Tran was arrested after fatally stabbing his 11-year-old stepdaughter in attack that left his wife in hospital with knife and gunshot wounds
Officers arrived at the scene on Blossom Avenue, in Garden Grove, California around 6.30am on Wednesday to find Tran’s 36-year-old wife bleeding outside the house
The 11-year-old girl was rescued from the house with critical stab wounds and rushed to hospital with her mum, but later died
Officers also evacuated two boys, aged three and six, before disarming Tran after disabling him with shots from a beanbag shotgun
The suspect is the father of the three-year-old boy and stepfather to the two older children
Tran was also taken to hospital for self-inflicted knife wounds
A 73-year-old California man has been arrested after allegedly fatally stabbing his 11-year-old stepdaughter to death in an attack that also put his wife in hospital.
Tanh Thien Tran was taken into custody after the attack in the 8900 block of Blossom Avenue in Garden Grove, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Tran’s 36-year-old wife was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound, police said.
Responding officers arrived at the scene just after 6.30am on a domestic violence call and found the woman bleeding in front of the house. She told officers her three children were inside.
Officers went to the rear of the property and confronted the armed suspect by a sliding door. He was holding a knife and bleeding from self-inflicted knife wounds.
A spokesman for the Garden Grove Police Department said officers began negotiating with the suspect and urged him to surrender. Hhaving distracted him, a second team entered the home through another door.
They were able to rescue two boys, aged three and six, who were not harmed.
But they found the young female victim, who had been stabbed and was lying face down on the floor in the same room as the knife wielding suspect.
The suspect would not respond to orders, forcing officers eventually to deploy ‘less-lethal rounds’ from a beanbag shotgun in order to disarm the suspect and take him into custody.
The mother and daughter were taken to hospital, where the 11-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries.
Tran was to a different hospital, where he was treated for superficial ‘self-inflicted’ knife wounds while in police custody.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation and believe the motive for the attack is domestic violence related. However, they are continuing to collect evidence at the scene and speaking to witnesses.
Tran is the father of the three-year-old boy and stepfather to the older boy and her late sister. The two boys have been taken to child protective services.