A California physician has died after a Long Beach man allegedly mowed him down with his car before stabbing him, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
According to CBS Los Angeles, officials with OCSD stated the incident happened along PCH at the Crown Valley Parkway intersection at about 3 p.m. while the victim was out taking an afternoon bike ride.
Police say the victim, identified as emergency room doctor Michael Mammone, 58, was in the bike lane and stopped at a red light when suspect Vanroy Evan Smith, 39, identified as an accountant, struck the victim from behind.
Afterward, Smith allegedly got out of his car and stabbed Mammone at least one time in the back. Mammone was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Bystanders who witnessed the incident reportedly prevented Smith from fleeing while waiting for law enforcement to arrive. Smith was taken into custody by PCH.
“There were actually locals that were able to detain him until police arrived,” OCSD Sergeant Mike Woodruff said. “As far as relationship or motive, we have no idea at this time.”
Responding officers found Mammone “lying in the intersection suffering from severe injuries,” according to police.
Smith remains behind bars on suspicion of murder and is expected to appear in court Friday. Police reiterated that they’re currently working to determine the motive; the pair doesn’t appear to have a connection beyond the incident.
“At this time, there is no known connection between the suspect and the victim,” OCSD said. “Investigators will work to determine what led to this incident.”
Mammone was a physician at Providence Mission Hospital, police said. He was well-liked and known as an “amazing doctor” who would often bike to work since he lived blocks away, Fox 11 reports.
The hospital released a statement following Mammone’s death.
“We are stunned by this devastating tragedy. The entire Mission Hospital family is grieving over the loss of an incredible physician and friend. We will honor Dr. Mammone’s dedication to our community and passion for medicine by continuing to provide exceptional care.”
This developing story will be updated when additional information becomes available. Check back for updates.
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[Featured image: Michael Mammone/Providence Mission Hospital]