Sexual-assault suspect succumbs after officer-involved shooting

On Sunday, Dec. 19, at approximately 5am, Long Beach police officers were flagged down by a female in the area of the 2100 block of Pine Avenue regarding a sexual assault that involved a minor, with the suspect being a family member.
After conducting inter-views, officers determined a crime occurred, and they went to the Pine Avenue location to contact the suspect. When officers contacted him inside a residence, the suspect produced a handgun and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
The suspect was taken into custody, and life-saving measures were rendered. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics. The suspect is being identified only as a 41-year-old male and a Long Beach resident, until the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirms his identity. The suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene. No officers were injured. The minor victim was transported to a local hospital and treated.
The investigation is ongoing as homicide detectives are investigating along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, as they do in all officer-involved shootings. 
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives David Rios or Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244.

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