The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) issued a press release last week stating that on July 5 at approximately 7:52am, a City of Long Beach code-enforcement inspector was shot while attempting to serve an inspection warrant at a residence in the 6100 block of John Avenue, and the suspect responsible was taken into custody.
Because the resident at that location has been deemed a problem for Code Enforcement in the past, LBPD accompanied the inspectors to serve the warrant to that address for its blighted condition.
As inspectors and police were in front of the location determining their course of action, a shot was fired from the location and one of the inspectors was struck in the head, according to the LBPD’s press release. The inspector was transported to a local hospital by LBPD officers.
As additional officers arrived at the residence, shots continued to be fired from the location. It was determined that a barricaded-suspect situation had developed and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was activated.
As a precaution, the Reverse 9-1-1 system was utilized to communicate with residences in the area and notify them that an active situation was taking place in their neighborhood and to remain inside their residences with their doors and windows locked. In addition, several residences were evacuated, and an emergency evacuation center was opened at Jordan High School.
With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the SWAT was able to deploy a ballistic tactical vehicle into the residence. During the SWAT’s operation, they deployed several canisters of tear gas into the residence. The suspect fired several more rounds while inside and repeatedly yelled out for officers to shoot him.
At approximately 2:43pm, the suspect came out of the residence, and when he failed to comply with the officers’ orders, they deployed a K-9 that bit the suspect. SWAT officers were then able to safely take the suspect into custody. As a result of injuries sustained from the K-9 contact, the suspect was transported to a local hospital. During a subsequent search of the residence, officers discovered a rifle with a scope.
The suspect is only being identified as an adult male, until his identity is verified. Once he is cleared from the hospital, he will be transported to the Long Beach City Jail for booking on charges of attempted murder and possible weapons violations.
The injured code-enforcement inspector sustained a nonlife-threatening injury and is expected to make a full recovery. No one else on scene was injured during the incident.
In its press release, the LBPD thanked the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach Fire Department, and the City of Long Beach Departments of Public Works and Development Services for their assistance and support, as well as the community members who reside in the neighborhood affected by the incident.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting tipsoft.com .