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    LBPD Officer-Involved Shooting, 15th/Pacific After Suspect Allegedly Attacks Undercover Detective

    (August 20, 2004) -- Following-up on an advisory posted on our front page earlier today (Aug. 20), here are details on an LBPD officer-involved shooting that took place earlier today (Aug. 20) in the area of Pacific Ave. at 15th St.

    LBPD says in a written release that at approximately 6:55 a.m., a LBPD police officer shooting occurred after a male subject allegedly attacked an undercover detective who was conducting a routine investigation in an alley in the 1500 block of Pacific Ave.

    The release says the LBPD undercover detective was working a plainclothes assignment and observed a subject removing items from a trash receptacle in violation of the LB Municipal Code. It continues:

    The detective identifying himself as a police officer, contacted the subject, advised him that he was in violation of the law, and asked him for identification so that he could issue him a citation. As the detective began issuing the citation, the suspect became angry and grabbed his identification card back from the detective’s hand. Using his police radio, the detective attempted to request back-up but was unable to before the suspect grabbed the radio out of the detective’s hands and threw it across the alley. As he continued to retreat away from the suspect, the detective used the radio feature on his cell phone to alert other detectives in the area that he needed help. The suspect knocked the cell phone out of the detective’s hands, continued to advance towards the detective, and ripped the chained badge from the detective’s neck. The suspect then attacked the detective, escalating the contact into a physical fight, knocking the officer to the ground.

    As the officer struggled with the suspect who was standing over him, he felt the suspect attempting to remove his gun from its holster. The detective rolled over on his side, pinning his gun between his body and the ground, to prevent the suspect from removing it. As the struggle continued, the detective was finally able to kick the suspect away. The suspect again charged the detective who was still on the ground, forcing him to fire one round at the suspect, striking him in the lower torso. The suspect, who continued to walk around, finally collapsed to the ground and was handcuffed. At that time, the other detectives arrived on-scene and began rendering medical aid to the suspect until Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics arrived. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition.

    LBPD identifies the suspect as Johnny Brooks, 30, of Compton...who was booked for felony assault on a police officer and three misdemeanor warrants. He was transported to the L.A. County Jail.

    LBPD says its detective, a 22-year veteran currently assigned to the Career-Criminal Apprehension Team, sustained multiple scratches, bruises and lacerations to his arm and hand, and abrasions to his chin. He was treated at the scene and then transported to a local hospital for further examination.

    As is routine, the shooting is under investigation by LBPD and the L.A. County D.A.'s office. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Richard Conant and Alex Galvan at (562) 570-7244.

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