FOLSOM (AP) -- Police in Northern California say a man suspected of fatally stabbing his infant cousin and stabbing and wounding his aunt may have wanted to die at the hands of police.

Folsom police spokesman Andrew Bates tells the Sacramento Bee the suspect made statements before being shot and killed by a police officer on Thursday that has investigators exploring that possibility.

Bates declined to say what the statements were. Police say the man stabbed and killed 5-month-old Roberto Varela and attacked the boy's mother before an officer encountered him outside an apartment building and shot him as he brandished a knife.

Bates says the officer struggled with the suspect to subdue him after the shooting.

Neither the suspect nor the infant's mother has been identified. She was in critical condition.

Police were working to determine what led to the stabbings.



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