Early Morning Car Chase Ends in Crash and Officer Involved Shooting

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attempt homicideShortly before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013 the Long Beach Police Department was notified of a stolen vehicle pursuit with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) following a 2012 BMW taken in a Redondo Beach residential burglary.

The CHP lost sight of the vehicle shortly after it exited the 405 Freeway at Studebaker Road. Long Beach police officers located the car in the area and initiated a pursuit.

During the pursuit the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a vacant residence in the 6400 block of E. Keynote Street. The driver, armed with a handgun, began firing multiple rounds and an officer involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene and two handguns were recovered. The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Christopher Taylor from Maryland.

No officers were injured and the investigation remains ongoing.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is 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.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire or Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. 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.

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