On Thursday, March 21, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers arrested a suspect for a recent attempted shooting of a police officer.
On March 18, 2013, at approximately 6:30pm, officers were dispatched to the area of 8th Street and Maine Avenue regarding a group of possible gang members loitering at the location.
According to the LBPD, upon arrival, an officer was making contact with one of the male Hispanic subjects when he began to run. The officer chased him, and, during the foot pursuit, the suspect began firing rounds from a handgun at the officer. The officer returned fire, and the suspect fled into the neighborhood. The officer was not injured, and it is unknown if the suspect was struck by the gunfire.
Responding patrol units established a perimeter, and the Long Beach Police Department SWAT unit responded to search for the suspect.
Homicide detectives reviewed evidence and interviewed residents in the neighborhood and were able to identify a suspect, according to the LBPD. On Thursday, the LBPD SWAT unit served a search warrant in the city of Wilmington and arrested 24-year-old Juan Carlos Vasquez, a resident of Long Beach. Vasquez, who is a gang member, was booked for the attempted murder of a police officer and is being held without bail.
Those with information regarding the incident are asked to call Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus their tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .