On Monday, May 14, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Granada Avenue and Ocean Boulevard for a call regarding a person screaming.
Upon arrival, officers observed a bystander detaining who they believed was a possible suspect. An officer with the help of Marine Patrol Special Services Officers proceeded to handcuff the suspect without any physical resistance, but they quickly realized he was in medical distress, and immediately removed the handcuffs. Officers subsequently started rendering life saving measures.
The Long Beach Fire Department responded and determined the subject deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicates the suspect, a male adult, approached the victim and took her cell phone. The victim, a female adult, screamed for help when the suspect attempted to flee the scene. Bystanders came to her aid and made attempts to detain the suspect, which resulted in a physical altercation until officers arrived.
As with any in custody death incidents, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office was notified and respond to the scene and will be conducting a separate death investigation.
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles Corner’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this this incident is urged to contact Homicide Detectives Malcom Evans and Robert Gonzales 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.
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