On Sunday, April 27, 2014, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Long Beach Police assisted the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) in the area of Ocean Boulevard and 14th Place, in Long Beach, which resulted in an officer involved shooting.
· Los Angeles County deputies pursued a male adult suspect into Long Beach from Compton after a felony assault on a police officer
· Long Beach Police provided assistance with containment and a K-9 unit was called to the scene
· The suspect vehicle came to a stop at Ocean Boulevard and 14th Place and the suspect refused to comply with deputies’ commands to exit
· Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department SWAT was activated and was in the process of responding
· Officers observed the suspect inside the vehicle moving around and appeared to be reaching for unknown items
· At some point, the suspect exited his vehicle and deputies deployed a Stunbag in an attempt to detain the suspect
· The Stunbag failed to stop the suspect and he ran from deputies down exterior stairs toward the public beach
· Long Beach officers, who were located on the beach, east of the foot of the stairs with an obstructed view due to palm trees and shrubbery, heard gunshots from above and saw the suspect running toward the populated beach area
· Believing the suspect had just engaged deputies in a gunfight, was still armed, and remained an immediate threat to law enforcement and the public gathered on the beach, the officers shouted verbal commands multiple times, as the suspect continued down the stairs
· The suspect failed to surrender and after officers observed him reaching for his waist band, an officer involved shooting occurred
· The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased
· Detectives are working with the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office to locate and notify next of kin
· Investigation is ongoing
The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer-involved shootings. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org
Inquires regarding the involvement of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the assault on the police officer, and the pursuit should be directed to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.