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Man arrested for killing, 'mutilating' girlfriend in Lacombe

He was booked on a second-degree murder charge when released from the hospital.
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LACOMBE, La. — A man was arrested Friday in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend in Lacombe, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office officials. 

Investigators said in a statement that 25-year-old Fernando Cortez called 9-1-1 shortly before 4:15 a.m. and reported that he had stabbed his girlfriend and himself during a fight at their home in the 27000 block of Charlotte Street. 

Responding deputies found what officials described as a "mutilated" body at the home. The remains have been turned over to the parish coroner for identification and a cause of death determination. 

Cortez was still at the home when deputies arrived, and according to officials became combative, forcing deputies to use non-life-threatening means to subdue him.

Cortez was taken by deputies to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening stab wound injuries to his face and shoulder. He told the deputies the wounds were self-inflicted. 

He was booked on a second-degree murder charge when released from the hospital. 

Sheriff Randy Smith said in a statement that the incident was an example of domestic violence at its worst. 

“This was a horrible and violent scene," Smith said. "This man is a monster, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased.”

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