PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man was fatally shot by police on Thursday in the Port Norfolk area of the city.

Police say officers responded to a violent domestic incident involving the stabbing of a 65-year-old woman in the 500 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue, near Woodrow Street. The call came in at 10:34 a.m.

The 45-year-old male suspect was fatally wounded, according to police. The woman was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. In an update on Friday, police confirmed that the female victim is the mother of the 45-year-old suspect, identified as Deshawn L. Jones.

Police say officers began providing medical aid to the woman when they were made aware that Jones was inside the residence. Officers then made contact with Jones, who was armed with a knife, in the entry area of the home.

Police say officers started to give Jones verbal commands to drop the knife. Jones then began walking towards the officer as they continued to give verbal commands.

Two officers then fired at Jones, striking him several times. Police say after officers were able to ensure the scene was safe, they immediately began life-saving measures on Jones.

Keisa lives behind the duplex where the shooting occurred and told 10 On Your Side that she was told the domestic incident was between a mother and her son.

“I was told it was a mother-son situation and that he allegedly stabbed his mom and police allegedly shot and killed him,” Keisa said.

Keisa also described what she heard during the incident.

“I did hear five gunshots and once I looked out the window I saw the police and people looking around,” Keisa explained. “It’s so sad that this happens at all but right near Christmas.” 

Another neighbor, who does not want to be identified, said they spoke to the neighbor in the upstairs unit of the duplex who describe what he saw before and after the shooting.

“He told me that the gentleman downstairs allegedly stabbed his mother several times, and the police ended up coming over and shooting him,” the neighbor explained. “I saw him outside and they put him on the ground in front of the house out by the street, and they were trying to resuscitate him, bring him back. My neighbor said there was blood all in the foyer and lots and lots of blood in his foyer from the situation.” 

Virginia State Police are currently investigating the shooting, while Portsmouth police will continue to investigate the stabbing.