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On Sunday, October 2, 2005 at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department’s Gang Enforcement Section were conducting a residence search in the 1200 block of Loma Vista Avenue, of a known parolee. While searching the residence the suspect ran out the rear of the residence and officers pursued him on foot. During the pursuit the suspect ran into an alley in the 1300 block of Cedar Avenue, were he turned on the officers and using a handgun, shot at the officers.
A perimeter was immediately established and Long Beach Police SWAT members conducted a systematic search of the area. At about 2:50 a.m., the suspect was found hiding under a porch at a residence in the 1300 block of Cedar Avenue. The suspect was ordered numerous times to surrender before a Police K-9 was sent in after him. The suspect fired at SWAT members who, fearing for their safety engaged the suspect in gunfire. The suspect who was pronounced dead at the scene was a Long Beach resident, identified as a male Hispanic in his 20’s who is a known gang member and was on active parole for assault with deadly weapon at the time of this incident.
Police K-9 “Ranger” was struck once by gunfire and was transported to an emergency animal care facility in the city of Tustin. Unfortunately, Ranger, a 4 year-old Malinois succumbed to his injuries during surgery from a gunshot wound to the chest. Ranger, who was born in Holland, had been with the Police Department for two years.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244.
The Police Department has received many calls from the public wanting to donate to the K-9 corps. Donations can be sent to:
Long Beach K-9 Officers Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 17366
Long Beach, California, 90807
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