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LBPD Officer Involved-Shooting Of Allegedly-Armed Man Follows Signal Hill PD Pursuit Of Armed Robbery Suspect

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(Aug. 9, 2021, 5:35 a.m., updated 2:10 p.m.) -- As flashed earlier this morning on LBREPORT.com, an LBPD officer involved shooting occurred in the 1700 block of PCH/Harbor Avenue. An LBPD release (below) includes details adding to preliminary information earlier provided by LBPD PIO Ivan Garcia. PIO Garcia said the LBPD officer involved shooting followed a Signal Hill PD pursuit of a suspect allegedly involved in an armed robbery at a SH grocery store. SHPD lost sight of the suspect vehicle but LBPD officers spotted a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description that was involved in a two vehicle WLB collision from which the driver fled on foot.

An LBPD release adds these details:

...Officers on scene found the suspect vehicle unoccupied and a community member advised them that the driver ran southbound on Harbor Avenue. He then pointed at a man standing near the corner of Esther Street and Harbor Avenue and identified him as the driver.

Officers contacted the suspect and noticed a firearm in the suspectís front right pant pocket. As officers were attempting to arrest the suspect, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Officers rendered aid to the suspect until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived on scene. The suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

A loaded firearm was recovered at the scene and no officers were injured.

Additionally, detectives later learned that the 2020 Honda Accord had been stolen earlier in the day outside of our jurisdiction.

Further information as this story develops.

The LA County District Attorney's office and LBPD will conduct separate investigations. A newly enacted state law requires the state Attorney General's office to investigate officer involved shootings involving unarmed suspects...but that won't apply here because in this case the suspect was armed. .










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Aug 9, 1:30 p.m. Clarified that a new state law doesn't require a state Attorney General investigation since it applies only to officer involved shootings of unarmed suspects and in this case the suspect was armed.

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