- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man who used a meat cleaver to kill a neighbor and wound another may have been on drugs.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 32-year old Thong Kien Ma showed delusional and erratic behavior and may have been on some kind of stimulant drug when he attacked his next-door neighbors in South El Monte on Tuesday.

However, toxicology tests will have to confirm that.

Deputies say they saw him chopping at a man in a yard and had to shoot him twice when he came at them.

The victims were identified Wednesday as 59-year old Chau Ngo, who died at the scene, and his wife, 55-year old Saney Ngo, who was treated for a head wound.

There’s no word yet on what prompted the attack.


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