On Thursday, February 19, 2015, at approximately 3:57 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Cowles Street regarding a possible armed robbery to a person that just occurred, where the calling party provided a location and description of the three possible suspects.
Officers arrived on scene and saw three possible suspects matching the description given by the calling party. Upon officers making contact with the suspects, one of the suspects brandished a handgun and an officer involved shooting occurred. The suspects ran from officers and two of them were taken into custody a short distance away.
Additional responding officers established a perimeter around the incident. The police department obtained information that the third suspect was hiding in a trash can within the perimeter. To ensure the safety of residents, officers conducted evacuations of homes in the immediate area. The suspect was then ordered out of the trash can and taken into custody without incident.
A handgun was recovered at the scene of the officer involved shooting.
Two of the suspects are 19-years-old and from Long Beach, while the third suspect is 20-years-old and from Compton. Their identities are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
No officers or suspects were injured during the incident.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark Bigel and Malcolm Evans 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