|(May 14, 2003 posted as breaking news, updated with photo May 15) -- LBPD officers were involved in a shooting on May 14 in NLB (68th St. just west of Paramount Blvd.) with an armed man who earlier was allegedly involved in an L.A. domestic violence encounter with his wife...and told LAPD by cell phone that he was armed and had taken his six-year old daughter with him.|
Photo credit: Dan Wayne
Details are sketchy as we post. LBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Paul LeBaron told LBReport.com LBPD became involved after the suspect told LAPD he was armed and had taken his six year old daughter with him following a fight with his wife.
LAPD communicated with the suspect by cell phone, figured out he was near 68th and Paramount in LB...and contacted LBPD. LBPD responded and found the suspect at the location.
The suspect allegedly pulled out a hand gun and variously pointed it at LBPD officers and at himself. Officers told the suspect to drop the gun; he didn't.
Fearing for their lives, and concerned about the well being of the six year old believed to be with the suspect, officers used a less than lethal "bean bag" type round on the suspect.
It didn't stop the armed suspect, who after allegedly displaying violent behavior with his wife, continued to hold the gun and point it at officers despite directions to drop the weapon.
Officers in fear for their life (more than one) fired their weapons at the suspect, hitting him. He was taken to a local hospital, condition uncertain as we post.
It was later discovered that the six year old girl was not with the suspect, although this wasn't known at the time of the shooting.
Posted as breaking news with additional information to follow as newsworthy.