Armed Robbery Suspect Escapes to Roof; Shot by Police

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Police close a section of 4th Street to investigate an officer-involved shooting. Keith Lewis/Everything Long Beach

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Long Beach Police conducted a traffic stop of a car containing three occupants, which resulted in an officer involved shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Nebraska Avenue.

Officers observed a vehicle driving down the street and saw two violations. Further, they remembered seeing the same vehicle in the area a few hours prior and, working in a densely populated area with a significant number of burglaries and auto thefts, they decided to stop the car to investigate further as to why this car was repeatedly driving around in the same area.

During the traffic stop, which occurred in the area of 3rd Street and Walnut Avenue, a passenger provided false information regarding his identity and then ran from the officers.

Officers chased the suspect, and as they attempted to locate him, other officers interviewed the passengers in the car and learned his true identity.

A records check revealed the suspect had a felony warrant for robbery and soon thereafter, officers learned that robbery was an armed carjacking in Los Angeles.

Officers continued their search and located the suspect hiding in bushes on 4th Street, between Walnut and Nebraska Avenue, at which time, he ran from them again.

Though a containment was established, the suspect continued to move around between buildings from 4th to 5th Streets and Walnut to Nebraska Avenues.

A K9 unit was called to search for the suspect and an announcement was made to the neighborhood warning residents to stay inside. Further, the announcement named the suspect and asked him to surrender to the nearest officer.

The suspect’s exact location was unknown for approximately one hour, during which time officers awaited the arrival of a police helicopter.

At approximately 3:35 a.m., a resident called from the 1500 block of East 5th Street to report hearing someone climbing up on his roof. He further indicated the suspect could be hiding in the laundry room.

A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter responded to assist and located the suspect on a roof in the 1500 block of East 5th Street.

The suspect ran, jumping from roof top to roof top, and was then seen jumping down to the ground and running into an apartment complex courtyard in the 400 block of Nebraska Avenue.

The suspect was seen attempting to gain entry into several residences at the complex, and after unsuccessful attempts, ran westbound and began jumping fences and entered another apartment complex where another containment was established.

A search team, along with a K9 unit, began searching the first level of the apartment complex.

A resident called police dispatch to advise that she had encountered a subject matching the suspect’s description on her balcony when she was leaving for work. She was concerned for her safety, went back into her apartment, and closed the door.

This information was relayed to officers because it was the same building where the containment was established

Knowing that the suspect previously tried to gain entry into multiple apartments, and upon learning a resident just encountered the suspect outside her door in this apartment building, several officers moved quickly to the third floor to prevent the suspect from entering one of the homes and harming a resident

Officers located the suspect on the third floor balcony, at which time he again failed to stop and surrender and fled from the officers, climbing onto the roof.

Once on the roof, the suspect took a kneeling position and began to turn towards them. Knowing the significant danger the suspect posed, being an armed robbery suspect in a previous crime, and they believed based on his actions he was armed, the officers discharged their weapons believing the suspect was about to fire at them.

Long Beach Fire Department responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. The suspect has been identified as Tyler Damon Woods, 19 years, of Rialto.

The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer-involved shootings. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino at (562) 570-7244.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.


2 Responses to “Armed Robbery Suspect Escapes to Roof; Shot by Police”
  1. Toni Cobbs says:

    Couldn’t the officer just have shot him in a way to stop him (perhaps in his leg) rather than killing him?

  2. aaron says:

    Im pretty sure officers are trained to shoot to kill and to only shoot as a last resort.

    Based on “armed car robbery” and having the suspect run 3 times in one incident, maybe they should have allowed the k9 to go in after him?