Police identify man suspected of killing USC professor

LAPD says the attack was targeted, not random

Photo Courtesy: University of Southern California via NBC News

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Police have identified the student they believe responsible for stabbing a professor at the University of Southern California to death.

Los Angeles Police say 28-year-old David Jonathan Brown of Los Angeles was booked on a charge of murder in the death of Professor Bosco Tjan, a psychology professor and neuroscientist.

Brown is being held on $1 million bail. It wasn’t clear if he has an attorney. He was arrested shortly after the stabbing. Tjan was killed in the building that houses the lab he ran.

A David Brown is listed as a graduate student in psychology on USC’s website. Tjan oversaw graduate students in the department.

Though details of the motive weren’t released, Los Angeles Police Officer Meghan Aguilar says Tjan was specifically targeted and that the attack wasn’t random.