LBPD Provides Narrative With Add'l Information Re May 3 Events Leading Up To And During Predawn Encounter With Armed Man Who Allegedly Opened Fire On Police Officers

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  • (May 4, 2009) -- LBPD today (May 4) provided additional information on events of May 3, which James Neal Tuggle allegedly opened fire on LB police officers at one location, fled while armed to a second location and allegedly shot at an arriving/assisting police unit before he was fatally shot by an LBPD officer.

    [Text via LBPD PIO/Sgt. Dina Zapalski] Officers arrived at 2:30 a.m. at the 1100 block of Chestnut Avenue regarding a dispute between a man and a woman. They contacted a female at the location. Officers observed that the front window was broken out and asked her about it. The female refused to speak to the officers so they then left the location.

    Officers arrived the 2nd time at 3:43 a.m. responding to a domestic violence call that just occurred between Tuggle and the mother of his child. The responding officers spent the next hour investigating the physical altercation between Tuggle and his child's mother and took a report.

    The evidence from the investigation revealed that Tuggle returned to the location a 3rd time. He stopped his car on the westside of the street with the engine running and the driver's door open. Tuggle got out of the vehicle and began shooting at the officers that were standing directly in front of the dispatched location.

    Tuggle dropped the first weapon on the ground and began firing the shot gun. The officers returned fire to defend themselves and after Tuggle ran northbound Chestnut Ave, the officers stayed and took a position of cover in order to protect the female and children inside the residence.

    The officers not only feared for their lives, but that of the female and the children inside the location.

    Tuggle ran northbound Chestnut to eastbound 12th Street and hid behind a wall off the alley north of 12th Street.

    As an assisting officer was driving westbound 12th Street when Tuggle began shooting at the officer who was still inside the patrol vehicle. Tuggle continued to run eastbound 12th Street to northbound Cedar Ave armed with the shotgun when a second officer involved shooting occurred.

    The investigation revealed that Tuggle and his child's mother have had on going relationship issues.

    "Tuggle's intent troubled us because after the 2 incidents, he returned a third time with 3 firearms, and got out of his vehicle with the 2 police cars parked in front, and started firing at them. Seeing the police cars and the officers standing in front of the location did not deter him. We don't know if he was there to harm the female and the children, or to engage police in a gun battle," said Sgt. Dina Zapalski. provides below the following photos (previously published by us) for illustrative purposes. The photos show crime scene areas as viewed on May 3 from approximately 12:15-12:30 p.m. The final photo in the series (from Anaheim St. looking southward on Cedar Ave.) was taken at approximately 10:00 a.m.

    The first photo shows the 1100 block of Chestnut Ave., looking southward. The high rise in the distance is LB City Hall about a mile due south.

    The three views below are from the westside of the 1100 block of Chestnut Ave., looking toward the residence location. A handgun is visible in the street behind the south-facing police unit.

    The photo below is from the west side of Chestnut Ave., looking east directly at the location.

    The four photos below show the 12th St. location including the alley and wall described in LBPD's well an LBPD unit with a bullet hole in the windshield and another in the car frame.

    The photo below, taken at roughly 10:00 a.m., is the view looking southward on Cedar Ave. from Anaheim St. The deceased was behind the tarpoulin.

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