Domestic Assault Investigation Results in Officer Involved Shooting

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crime-scene-tape OISOn Thursday, March 17, 2011, at approximately 2:50 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a call at a residence in the 3100 block of Pine Avenue regarding a person screaming, that resulted in an officer involved shooting.

Our preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspect and victim are not married but reside at the location and share two children. For unknown reasons, the female suspect began assaulting the male victim at the home. The victim was fearful that the suspect was going to harm the children and attempted to protect them, and asked a neighbor to call police.

When the first officer arrived at the residence, the officer witnessed the suspect attacking the victim by slashing him in the head and neck area with a sharp object. The officer tried non-lethal means to stop the suspect, which included giving her multiple commands to drop the object and deploying his taser. The taser was only effective on the suspect for a few moments and then she continued the violent assault on the victim.

The officer drew his firearm as the suspect turned her attention towards the lone officer. When the suspect rapidly advanced towards the officer with the sharp object in hand and refused to stop, the officer discharged several rounds of his firearm at the suspect. The suspect was struck by gunfire an unknown number of times and dropped to the ground. The officer immediately requested paramedics for both the suspect and the victim and began performing CPR. Both the victim and the suspect were transported to a local hospital where the suspect was later pronounced deceased. The victim is listed in serious but stable condition.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld until next of kin has been notified. Both of their children were unharmed and are being relocated by the Department of Children and Family Services. A motive for the attack is unknown and still under investigation.

In addition to the Long Beach Police Department’s ongoing investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also conducting an independent investigation, which is routine for all officer-involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to call the Long Beach Police Department’s Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire and Greg Krabbe at (562) 570-7244.


One Response to “Domestic Assault Investigation Results in Officer Involved Shooting”
  1. E says:

    This story changed quite a bit from yesterday. I am usually quite critical of OIS, but it doesn’t sound like there were any other options in this case.