A San Diego-based sailor was allegedly stabbed to death inside his home in Southern California last week.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Anderson Lopes, 24, was home with his wife in their El Cajon condominium when he was allegedly assaulted by 26-year-old Dylan Poston, of San Diego, on the evening of March 6, NBC San Diego reported.

No additional information on Poston, including whether he knew Lopes or if he is also in the Navy, was immediately available.

Lopes’ wife, who was also stabbed in the fray, called 911 when she realized her husband was not breathing.

After arriving on scene, paramedics from Lakeside Fire Department treated the couple and took them to a nearby hospital, where Lopes was later pronounced dead.

Sheriff’s deputies detained Poston at the scene, the report said. He was subsequently booked into San Diego Central Jail on one count of murder.

A New York native, Lopes enlisted in the Navy in August 2013. He spent time aboard the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship Ashland before arriving at his most recent command, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Howard, in February 2017.

Lopes was qualified as an enlisted surface warfare specialist, and earned a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among other accolades.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department Homicide unit is leading the investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321.

Jon Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times, and a USMC veteran.

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