On Thursday, May 17, at approximately 11:55pm, an officer-involved shooting occurred in north Long Beach when a Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officer attempted to stop a speeding vehicle and the driver produced a handgun.
The preliminary investigation revealed the officer was driving his patrol vehicle when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Atlantic Avenue and E. 51st Street. The officer was preparing to initiate a traffic stop when the driver stopped, suddenly exited his vehicle, and began to walk away, according to a press release issued by the LBPD. “The officer ordered the driver, who acted as if he was going to run, to stop,” states the press release. “Without warning, the suspect produced a handgun. The officer was forced to protect himself and an officer-involved shooting occurred. There were no other occupants in the suspect’s vehicle.”
The officer notified the Police Communications Center that he was involved in a shooting and requested medical assistance for the suspect. Long Beach Fire personnel responded and transported the suspect, who sustained gunshot injuries to his lower torso, to a local hospital. He was listed in stable condition, remains hospitalized, and is expected to survive. The suspect, who at this time is only being identified as a 26-year-old Long Beach resident, is in custody and is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, ex-felon with a firearm, and gang enhancements.
In addition to the LBPD’s ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation, as is routine with all officer-involved hit shootings that occur in Los Angeles County.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call LBPD Homicide Detectives Terri Hubert and Mark Bigel at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com.