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Man dies while in police custody

May 31st, 2013 · No Comments · News

On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 6:45pm, Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers responded to an industrial property in the 6200 block of Paramount Avenue, after a private security company had called to report a problem with a male subject and asked for assistance.
According to the LBPD, when officers arrived, they searched the property and found two security guards detaining a male subject near a fence. Long Beach police officers assisted in handcuffing the subject and relocated him to an open area of the property. Shortly thereafter, the subject went into medical distress, and officers requested paramedics and began performing life-saving measures. Paramedics responded and transported the subject to a local hospital. However, despite efforts by officers and paramedics, he was pronounced deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the subject had entered the private property and began entering several employees’ vehicles. A security guard was called and, after arriving, the suspect attempted to take the security guard’s vehicle from him. A struggle ensued, and the suspect fled on foot with the security guard following him. During the incident, the security guard company called the LBPD and requested assistance.
The security guards caught the suspect as he was attempting to jump a fence and held him until police arrived and handcuffed him. At this time, his identity is unknown, but he appears to be in his 20s or 30s, according to the LBPD.
Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation, which is standard procedure when an individual dies while in police custody. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office will also be conducting an independent investigation into the suspect’s cause of death.
Those with information regarding the incident are asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting lacrimestoppers.org .

Source: LBPD

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