(May 7, 2005, updated Feb. 8) -- The area in front of the LB Aquarium was filled with LBPD officers and investigators late Saturday afternoon (May 7) after a LB Marine Patrol Officer -- a 15 year veteran of the force -- shot and fatally wounded a transient who he says refused repeated commands, armed himself with a large chain with a padlock on its end, began swinging it in overhead style and advanced on the officer.
LBPD says the events were witnessed by multiple individuals...and for a time buses were brought in to ensure all witnesses were interviewed.
LBPD says in a written release:
On Saturday, May 07, 2005, at approximately 4:01 p.m., an officer from the Long Beach Police Departments Marine Patrol was involved in an officer involved shooting.
The Marine Patrol officer was on routine patrol in the area of 100 Aquarium Way when he observed a transient taking items from a trashcan. The officer approached the transient casually and told him to stop removing the items. The transient ignored all of the officer’s commands. The transient then walked to his bicycle and armed himself with a large chain that had a padlock at the end. The transient started to swing the chain overhead towards the officer. The officer ordered the transient to stop his advancements and to but the chain down numerous times. The officer drew his baton but the transient continued to advance towards him.
The officer saw that his baton was not an effective tool against the chain and dropped it. The transient continued to swing the chain and advance towards the officer. The officer then drew his service weapon and ordered the transient to stop. The transient continued to charge at the officer while swinging the chain. The officer fearing for his safety and that of the public if he was hit with the chain was forced to shoot the transient.
Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and immediately transported the transient to a local hospital where he died. The transient is only being identified as a male adult. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the transient’s identity and notify next of kin.
The confrontation and the actions between the officer and the suspect are being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department, as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact LBPD Homicide Detectives Richard Conant or Russ Moss at (562) 570-7244.