(July 9, 2012) -- The L.A. County District Attorney's office has filed fifteen felony counts against Antony Glen Gorospe, 51, who allegedly shot a LB city code enforcement inspector in the face, then engaged in a 7+ hour standoff with LBPD. The charges are: one count of attempted willful, deliberate and premeditated murder; three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer; five counts of assault on a peace officer with a semiautomatic firearm; five counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm; and possession of a firearm by a felon.
The criminal complaint also alleges tha Gorospe personally discharged a firearm, a rifle.
Gorospe, who the DA says was convicted of a drug offense in 1989, faces multiple life sentences if convicted.
Prosecutors have asked that bail be set at $5 million. Deputy DA Mary Murray with the Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit is handling the case.
As previously reported by LBReport.com (which was first to report the developing situation in the 8 a.m. hour), a harrowing situation developed on Thursday (July 5) in the area of 61st St/John Ave. (between Orange/Cherry, north of South St.), in which the suspect (now identified as Gorospe) shot and wounded a LB Code Enforcement inspector, then allegedly fired further rounds as additional officers arrived. A barricaded suspect situation developed...and the standoff lasted until shortly before 3:00 p.m. when tear gas was deployed (using a San Bernardino bomb squad unit) into the residence and Gorospe allegedly fired additional rounds and yelled out at officers to shoot him.
Gorospe exited the residence but allegedly failed to comply with officers' directions...and a K9 officer was deployed and SWAT officers took him into custody.
LBPD issued the following release on the matter that evening:
[On July 5] at approximately 7:52 a.m., 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 [allegedly] responsible was taken into custody.
Due to the resident at this location being a problem for Code Enforcement in the past, Long Beach Police accompanied the inspectors to this location to serve the warrant at this residence 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. The inspector was immediately transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Police.
As additional officers were arriving at the location, 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 (S.W.A.T.) 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 had been opened at Jordan High School.
With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, S.W.A.T. was able to deploy a ballistic tactical vehicle into the residence. During S.W.A.T.’s operation, several canisters of tear gas were deployed into the residence. The suspect fired several more rounds while inside and repeatedly yelled out for officers to shoot him.
At approximately 2:43 p.m., the suspect came out of the residence, and when he failed to comply with the officers’ orders, a K-9 was deployed and the suspect was bitten. S.W.A.T. officers were then able to safely take the suspect into custody. As a result of injuries sustained from the K-9 contact, he was transported to a local hospital. A rifle with a scope was discovered during a subsequent search of the residence.
The suspect is only being identified as a male adult at this time 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.
Fortunately, the injured Code Enforcement Inspector sustained a non life-threatening injury and is expected to make a full recovery. No one else on scene was injured during the incident.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank 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.
We would also like to thank the community members that reside in the neighborhood affected by today’s incident. Their cooperation and understanding during an intense and unpredictable situation was truly appreciated.
Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.
And since some readers asked, we did too: why wasn't the LA County bomb squad on scene instead of San Bernardino County's bomb squad? LBPD Public Information Officer Nancy Pratt says, "LASD is not equipped with the particular piece of equipment that we needed."
LBReport.com believes we were the first outlet to report the developing situation in the 8:00 a.m. hour on our front page: www.LBReport.com.
Further to follow.
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