SEATTLE - A man accused of stabbing a couple in Pioneer Square is described in court documents as a "dangerous, mentally ill person."
Police said 44-year-old Donnell Jackson randomly stabbed and killed 46-year-old Troy Wolff and injured his girlfriend.
Wolff and Kristen Ito were on their way home from a Sounders game Friday night.
Police said Jackson approached Wolff and Ito at Third Avenue and Jackson Street.
They said he first attacked Ito before Wolff stepped in to protect her.
Ito is recovering at Harborview Medical Center where she is listed her in satisfactory condition.
Wolff died of his injuries.
Wolff was the chair of the English department at Shoreline Community College. The staff and students there are hit hard by his death. His family said he had been teaching for 17 years.
Police said Jackson admitted to detectives he is schizophrenic.
The Seattle Times reports a man with his same name and age was convicted of theft and arson in Sacramento County in California.
Seattle police recommend everyone stay alert to surroundings and avoid distractions like looking down at phones.