Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
1/12/2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
*UPDATE* MURDER INVESTIGATION – 3400 BLOCK OF ADRIATIC AVENUE
Homicide detectives are investigating a murder-suicide that occurred on Dec. 28, 2023 in the 3400 block of Adriatic Avenue
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UPDATE 1/12/2024:

After further review of the incident and available evidence, it is believed the suspect killed himself while his home was surrounded by police officers. It is not known if he knew officers were outside the residence. Officers were unable to make contact with the suspect. LBPD Policy Manual Section 8.2.1.1 defines an in-custody death as “a death which occurs at any point in time when a person’s freedom of movement has been denied by law enforcement, such as during arrest, detention, attempted arrest, attempted detention or while confined in any law enforcement vehicle or facility.” Given this was an attempted arrest, the Department has classified this suicide as an in-custody death.

ORIGINALLY PUBSLISHED 12/29/2023: 

Homicide detectives are investigating a murder-suicide that occurred on Dec. 28, 2023 in the 3400 block of Adriatic Avenue.

At approximately 3:01 p.m., officers contacted a female adult victim who came to the West Patrol Substation to report a domestic violence. Officers responded to the residence where the suspect was located in the 3400 block of Adriatic Avenue.

Shortly after arriving on scene, officers observed smoke and fire coming from the residence. Officers also heard an unknown noise from inside the residence which may have been gunfire.They called for the Long Beach Fire Department to extinguish the fire.Simultaneously, officers believed there was a child in the residence.Officers entered the home and found a young girl with a gunshot wound. The young girl was determined deceased on scene.

Believing the suspect may still be in the residence, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team was activated and responded to the scene. SWAT negotiators attempted to make telephonic contact with the suspect to gain his surrender. During this time, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence. While searching the residence, SWAT officers found the suspect deceased in the residence. They also recovered two firearms.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene. The preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect killed his daughter and then killed himself.

The victim has been identified as a 5-year-old resident of Long Beach.

“We are all devastated by the murder of a 5-year old child. This is a heartbreaking act of domestic violence that should not have happened," said Chief Wally Hebeish. “An innocent child has had her life cut short and no words can replace the wonder and promise taken away from her. We join our entire community in mourning the loss of this precious life, and offer our deepest condolences to her mother, family, and friends during this time.”

The suspect has been identified as Chase Phillip Powell, a 39-year-old resident of Long Beach.

For information, resources, and a 24/7 hotline for domestic violence, please visit www.thehotline.org. Their 24/7 hotline is available at 1.800.799.7233. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, we encourage you to contact us at 562.435.6711 to report the abuse. We can also help in providing wraparound services, thanks to our community partners.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Eric Thai and Alfredo Chairezat (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smartphone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting .