On January 20, 2018, at approximately 6:00 PM, Long Beach Police Officers saw a suspicious person on a bicycle in the area of Burnett Street and Santa Fe Avenue and attempted to contact that person for traffic violations they observed. However, he was not compliant with the officers’ lawful detention and commands, and subsequently fled from them on foot, and a foot pursuit ensued.
An officer chased the suspect to the north/south alley between Adriatic and Baltic, south of 25th Street, where he caught up to the suspect. The suspect continued to not comply with the officer’s lawful commands and when the officer attempted to take him into custody he violently assaulted the officer. The officer was punched in the face by the suspect more than once, and during the violent assault the suspect tried to disarm him of his firearm and an officer involved shooting occurred.
One officer fired his weapon striking the suspect in a lower extremity. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident. Long Beach Fire Department personnel responded and transported the suspect to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.
The suspect has been identified as Luis Perez a 25-year-old resident of Long Beach, on active felony probation for burglary. He will be booked into the Long Beach jail once he is cleared by medical personnel. Suspect Perez will be booked and charged with Felony Assault on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office will conduct an independent investigation as they do with all officer involved shootings that result in injury or death.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App
store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.