Domestic Dispute Leads To Officer Involved Shootings and Vehicle Pursuit

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Suspects vehicle and gun.

Suspects vehicle and gun.

On Saturday, January 10, 2014, at approximately 2:00 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 6500 block of E. Rosebay Street to investigate a shooting involving a male suspect that stemmed from a domestic dispute. The incident resulted in two officer involved shootings and injury to one officer.

At approx. 2:50 a.m., while officers were still at the scene investigating the initial shooting incident, the suspect called the home and stated he was on his way back with his infant son, and made threats towards the family members and police officers. He specifically stated he would harm the baby and use him as a shield against police. The suspect returned to the location driving a dark colored SUV. He got out of his vehicle, confronted officers, and an exchange of gunfire occurred. The suspect then got back in his vehicle and fled, and officers initiated a vehicle pursuit. It was unknown if the baby was actually in the vehicle. When the suspect reached the area of Bandini Street & Oliver Street in the City of San Pedro, he stopped his vehicle and fired upon officers who returned fire. The suspect then drove off, stopped again shortly thereafter, and surrendered. He was taken into custody without injury.

The infant was located in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle at the conclusion of the pursuit. Although uninjured, he was transported to a local hospital as a precaution and released later to family in San Pedro. A handgun was located in the front seat of the suspect’s vehicle.

One officer was injured from glass fragments from his patrol vehicle window when it was struck by gunfire. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and released.

The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Joseph Gonzales. He has been booked for attempted murder, evading police, child cruelty that could result in possible injury or death, assault with a firearm on a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm, parole violation, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail. He is currently on parole on an unrelated case. It was determined the suspect resides at the Long Beach residence with the mother of the child and other family members.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incidents and has not spoken with investigators should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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