(June 3, 2004, updated June 4 and June 5) -- In a further update, LBPD has described a virtual hand-to-hand struggle with a combative robbery suspect that it says led a police officer to shoot the man, now identified as Pietro Salvatore, a 31 year-old active parolee.
As first reported within minutes of its occurrence on June 3 by LBReport.com, the shooting took place in the 100 block of east 5th St. at about 10:00 p.m.
It is now known that shooting took place in the security office a the WalMart store.
In a written release, LBPD says store security officers detained Salvatore, and called police after he began fighting with them and trying to escape.
Police say Salvatore's effort to escape with merchandise during the struggle with store security guards elevated his crime from simple shoplifting to robbery.
LBPD says the suspect continued to be combative when two LB officers arrived and, during a struggle to get handcuffs on the suspect, they say he grabbed and attempted to remove one officer's gun from his holster.
Police say the suspect continued to fight and ignore verbal commands...and the suspect was shot once by the second officer on scene. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
LBPD says its investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about these events is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Bryan McMahon or Chris Cardoza at (562) 570-7244.