On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at approximately 2:45 P.M., Long Beach Police Officers were on patrol in the area of 63rd Street and Atlantic Avenue when the Automated License Plate Reader System electronically notified them that a vehicle that just passed them was a stolen vehicle. The officers ran the license plate and found the vehicle was wanted for an armed and dangerous felony carjacking out of the City of Buena Park, which occurred earlier that day.
The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, which immediately fled from them. The officers engaged in a short vehicle pursuit and lost sight of the suspect. While searching the area for the suspect vehicle, the officers entered an alley in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Adams Street and encountered the suspect vehicle driving towards them head on. As the suspect vehicle drove towards them, the suspect fired multiple rounds at the officers from inside his vehicle through his windshield. One of the officers returned fire at the suspect who was shooting at them from inside his moving car.
The suspect fled north from the shooting scene as the officers broadcast the suspect vehicle description to other officers in the area. An officer responding to the request for assistance saw the suspect vehicle fleeing northbound on Atlantic, and went into pursuit as the suspect drove eastbound onto the 91 Freeway. The suspect vehicle exited the freeway in the area of Cherry Avenue and lost the pursuing officer.
A short time later, detectives from the Long Beach Police Department who were assisting located the suspect vehicle parked in a nursery in the area of Alondra Street and Paramount Blvd in the City of Bellflower. Additional Long Beach officers responded and formed a perimeter around the suspect vehicle with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Witnesses in the area helped officers locate the suspect who was hiding nearby. Long Beach officers took the suspect into custody without harm. An assault rifle was recovered near where the suspect was hiding and expended shell casings were found inside the suspect’s car.
The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Gustavo Dorado Campos of Norwalk, was arrested on charges of attempted murder on two police officers, evading a police officer and illegal possession of an assault weapon. Campos was also booked on charges of armed carjacking and kidnapping for the crimes that occurred earlier in the day in the City of Buena Park. Campos is currently being held at the Long Beach Jail on $1,000,000 bail.
Fortunately no one was injured in this very dangerous and violent act. In addition, detectives learned that the Buena Park Police Department had multiple violent crimes occur in their city earlier in the day with a suspect armed with an assault type weapon. Long Beach Police Department is working closely with the Buena Park Police Department while investigating these crimes.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.