The victim, Professor Bosco Tjan
The victim, Professor Bosco Tjan
USC

USC Professor Fatally Stabbed on Campus

UPDATE at 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: The victim and suspect have been identified. See the latest at the bottom.  First posted at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

A USC professor was fatally stabbed on campus, allegedly by a student who was subsequently arrested, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said.

Cops were called to a report of a stabbing in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue at 4:35 p.m., he said. The street runs through the USC campus. "The victim in this was a professor at the university," Madison said.

Paramedics were called to the scene one minute earlier, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. The victim was found dead at the scene, she said.*

"The suspect was a student," Madison said. He's in custody, he said.

A news conference was expected to take place tonight.

UPDATE at 9:58 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016: In a letter addressed to the USC community, university President Max Nikias identified the victim as Bosco Tjan, a professor of psychology in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, who also served as co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center.

Nikias said Tjan joined USC in 2001 as an expert in perception, vision and vision cognition.

The attack took place in the Seeley G. Mudd building, and public safety security officers quickly apprehended a student suspected of the violence, the president said.

"As the Trojan Family mourns Professor Tjan’s untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts," Nikias wrote. "We encourage anyone in need of support to reach out to Student Counseling Services or the Center for Work and Family Life."

UPDATE at 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016: Lt. Dave Smith of the L.A. County Department of Coroner identified the victim as 50-year-old Siaufung Tjan of Cerritos.

The suspect was identified as 28-year-old David Jonathan Brown of Los Angeles, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. Brown was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, he said. Detectives' case likely would be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for its consideration tomorrow, Lopez said.

*Authorities originally described the victim as a man of about 25 years. We removed the description.

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