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Suspect in Fatal Downtown Stabbing May Have Acted in Self Defense, Police Say

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By Lookout Staff

June 23, 2021 -- A suspect arrested for fatally stabbing a man in Downtown Santa Monica on Monday will nor face murder charges after detectives determined he may have acted in self defense, according to police.

Sean Alexander Graves, a 28-year-old male from Long Beach, was released from custody after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against him.

"From when the incident occurred until the case was presented to the District Attorney’s Office, detectives reviewed numerous pieces of evidence," said Police Department spokesman Lt. Rudy Flores.

The evidence included "witness statements, evidence found at the crime scene, and video footage," Flores said.

Based on the evidence, detectives determined that "individuals associated with the decedent were in possession of a handgun as they followed Graves and his female companion," he said.

"At some point, (they) discharged that weapon," Flores said.

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Officers responding to a report of a shot fired on the 300 block of Broadway at around 7:30 p.m. Monday found the victim with a stab wound to the neck, police said.

The officers also found a spent .45 caliber casing, but it was not clear at the time who had fired the shot.

Witnesses identified Graves as the suspect in the stabbing, and officers who arrested him found a knife they believe Graves had used.

Based on the subsequent evidence gathered by detectives, the District Attorney’s Office "believed that Graves may have acted in self-defense," Flores said.

The stabbing victim was transported to a local hospital where he died of his injuries, police said.

The incident remains under active investigation, and SMPD detectives are asking for the public’s help.

Anyone with any information or video related to the incident should call Detective Haro at (310) 458-8432 or at

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