The Latest: Professor killed on Calif. campus identified

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Posted: Dec 03, 2016 12:41 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the fatal stabbing of a professor on the University of Southern California campus (all times local):

9:40 p.m.

The president of the University of Southern California has identified the professor stabbed to death by a student on campus as a psychology professor and neuroscientist.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a letter to the USC community that the professor killed Friday afternoon was Bosco Tjan, an expert in vision cognition and perception.

The USC Department of Public Safety says in a statement that investigators believe the attack was not random and "was the result of a personal dispute."

Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says the male student arrested in Tjan's killing was set to be interviewed Friday night and that his name would be released after he was booked.

She says Tjan was killed inside the Seeley G. Mudd building, the site of a lab that Tjan ran and in the heart of campus.

Chris Purington, project manager at Tjan's lab, says he doesn't know of any problems Tjan was having with a student and was shocked by his mentor's killing. He says Tjan was a married father of one son.

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9:15 p.m.

The University of Southern California's police department says the fatal stabbing of a professor on campus is not a random act of violence.

The USC Department of Public Safety says in a statement that investigators believe the Friday afternoon stabbing "was the result of a personal dispute" and that there was no threat to the campus.

Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says the suspect arrested in the death of the professor is a male student.

Neither the student nor the professor were immediately identified.

USC texted students to stay away from the campus' Seeley G. Mudd building because of police activity. The text says there was "no danger to USC or the community."

The 10-story science building is in the heart of campus near the school's running track.

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8 p.m.

A Los Angeles police spokeswoman says a man killed on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles was a professor and that the suspect arrested in his death is a male student.

Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar did not immediately release the names of the professor or the student or the suspected motive in the Friday afternoon attack.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the victim is around 25 years old and was pronounced dead at the scene.

USC texted students to stay away from the campus' Seeley G. Mudd building because of police activity. The text says there was "no danger to USC or the community."

The 10-story science building is in the heart of campus near the school's running track.

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6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles officials say a possible faculty member has been fatally stabbed at the University of Southern California.

Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison says the stabbing happened Friday afternoon and that the victim was a possible faculty member. He says a suspect was taken into custody.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the victim is around 25 years old and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No further details were immediately released.

KTLA-TV reports that USC texted students to stay away from the campus' Seeley G. Mudd building because of police activity. The text says there was "no danger to USC or the community."

The building is in the heart of campus near the school's running track.