Long Beach Officer Involved in Shooting
On Saturday, May 07, 2005, at approximately 4:01 p.m., an officer from the Long Beach Police Departments Marine Patrol was involved in an officer involved shooting.
The Marine Patrol officer was on routine patrol in the area of 100 Aquarium Way when he observed a transient taking items from a trashcan. The officer approached the transient casually and told him to stop removing the items. The transient ignored all of the officer’s commands. The transient then walked to his bicycle and armed himself with a large chain that had a padlock at the end. The transient started to swing the chain overhead towards the officer. The officer ordered the transient to stop his advancements and to put the chain down numerous times. The officer drew his baton but the transient continued to advance towards him.
The officer saw that his baton was not an effective tool against the chain and dropped it. The transient continued to swing the chain and advance towards the officer. The officer then drew his service weapon and ordered the transient to stop. The transient continued to charge at the officer while swinging the chain. The officer fearing for his safety and that of the public was forced to shoot the transient.
Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and immediately transported the transient to a local hospital where he died. The transient is only being identified as a male adult. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the transient’s identity and notify next of kin.
The confrontation and the actions between the officer and the suspect are being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Richard Conant or Russ Moss at (562) 570-7244.
This information is preliminary and has not been completely verified. It is based in part on hearsay and is intended for early information use rather than being a formal investigative report. This information is available in an alternative format by request to Community Relations Division at (562) 570-7215.