Update: additional suspect's information was updated on 9/20/19 at 11:35 a.m.
On Thursday, September 19, 2019 at approximately 11:30 p.m., detectives observed a robbery in progress in the 5100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway, which led to an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of a male adult.
At the time, detectives were performing surveillance on a dark colored Nissan Altima believed to be involved in a series of armed robberies that had occurred earlier in the week, when they observed a male adult suspect exit the vehicle and enter the business. Detectives proceeded to enter the business and directed the suspect to drop his firearm multiples times. The suspect failed to comply and an officer involved shooting occurred.
Detectives immediately began providing lifesaving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and determined the suspect deceased. The decedent will be identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
An additional adult male suspect, identified as 22-year-old Devontae Moore of Long Beach, who was in the vehicle parked on a street rear of the business was taken into custody, booked for robbery and is being held on $350,000 bail.
Officers did not sustain any injuries during the incident and no additional injuries were reported from the three individuals inside the business.
A firearm was located at the scene and will be examined by the Long Beach Police Department’s Forensic Science Services Division.
Homicide Detectives responded to the scene for the investigation.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will be conducting a separate investigation of the incident as they do with all officer involved shootings.
The Altima is believed to have been involved in multiple armed robberies and one attempted robbery in the City of Long Beach and additional armed robberies outside of the city within the last week. The dates and locations of the robberies within Long Beach are as follows:
- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 9:55 p.m., in the 3300 block of Orange Ave
- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 10:00 p.m., in the 3400 block of Long Beach Blvd (attempted)
- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 10:10 p.m., in the 4200 block of Long Beach Blvd
- Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 10:20 p.m., in the 5000 block of Long Beach Blvd
- Monday, September 16, 2019 at approximately 11:00 p.m., in the 4800 block of Bellflower Blvd
- Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at approximately 10:00 p.m., in the 200 block of West Willow Ave.
We urge anyone with any information regarding the officer involved shooting to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Shea Robertson and Travis Harris at (562) 570-7244 and anyone with information regarding the robberies to contact Long Beach Police Department Robbery Detective Brian Greene at (562) 570-7464. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
At 6:57 p.m. on Sept. 20, the Long Beach Police Officers Association issued a statement on the group's Facebook page:
"We are thankful our officers survived this very dangerous event. The suspect had been involved in several armed robberies and threatened numerous people before confronting police officers who were trying to take him into custody."
As LBREPORT.com noted in our initial coverage: "It's not immediately clear if the officer(s) involved were wearing body cams or if there's security cam video of what took place."
Developing. Further reaction/comment as received on LBREPORT.com.