Long Beach police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Rialto resident Tyler Damon Woods on a rooftop near Nebraska Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 19 after the suspect, who had a felony warrant for a carjacking in Los Angeles, fled from police.
At approximately 2:30am, Long Beach police conducted a traffic stop of a car containing three occupants, resulting in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Nebraska Avenue.
Officers observed a vehicle driving down the street and saw two violations. The officers had also remembered seeing the same vehicle in the area a few hours prior and stopped the car to investigate further as to why the car was repeatedly driving around in the same area, police said.
During the traffic stop, which occurred in the area of 3rd Street and Walnut Avenue, a passenger provided false information regarding his identity and then ran from the officers, police said. Officers chased the suspect. As they attempted to locate him, other officers interviewed the passengers in the car and learned his true identity, according to police.
A records check revealed that the suspect had a felony warrant for robbery. Soon thereafter, officers learned that the robbery was an armed carjacking in Los Angeles. Officers continued their search and located the suspect hiding in bushes on 4th Street, between Walnut and Nebraska avenues, at which time, he ran from them a second time, police said.
Though a containment was established, the suspect continued to move around between buildings from 4th to 5th streets and Walnut to Nebraska avenues.
A K9 unit was called to search for the suspect, and an announcement was made to the neighborhood warning residents to stay inside. The announcement named the suspect and asked him to surrender to the nearest officer.
The suspect’s exact location was unknown for approximately one hour, during which time officers awaited the arrival of a police helicopter
At approximately 3:35am, a resident called from the 1500 block of East 5th Street to report hearing someone climbing up on his roof. The resident further indicated the suspect could be hiding in the laundry room.
A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter responded to assist and located the suspect on a roof in the 1500 block of East 5th Street.
The suspect ran, jumping from rooftop to rooftop. He was then seen jumping down to the ground and running into an apartment complex courtyard in the 400 block of Nebraska Avenue.
The suspect was seen attempting to gain entry into several residences at the complex. After unsuccessful attempts, the suspect ran westbound and began jumping fences and entered another apartment complex where another containment was established.
A search team, along with a K9 unit, began searching the first level of the apartment complex. A resident called police dispatch to advise that she had encountered a subject matching the suspect’s description on her balcony when she was leaving for work. The woman went back into her apartment and closed the door.
This information was relayed to officers because it was the same building where the containment was established.
Knowing that the suspect previously tried to gain entry into multiple apartments, and upon learning a resident just encountered the suspect outside her door in this apartment building, several officers moved quickly to the third floor to prevent the suspect from entering one of the homes and harming a resident, police said.
Officers located the suspect on the third floor of the balcony, at which time he again failed to stop and surrender and fled from the officers, climbing onto the roof.
Once on the roof, the suspect took a kneeling position and began to turn towards them. Knowing the significant danger the suspect posed, being an armed robbery suspect in a previous crime, and they believed based on his actions he was armed, the officers discharged their weapons believing the suspect was about to fire at them, according to Long Beach police. Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.
The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer-involved shootings.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encoura-ged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit LACrimeStoppers.org .