Early Morning Robbery Results in Officer Involved Shooting

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murderOn Wednesday, August 8, 2012, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to a robbery call at a 24-hour retail store in the 4400 block of Atlantic Avenue, which resulted in the fatal shooting of one suspect, the injuring of a second, and a third suspect remains outstanding.

The preliminary investigation revealed that as officers were responding to the robbery call, a suspicious vehicle was observed in a nearby alley. As an officer began following the vehicle, described as a grey Toyota Camry, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and a pursuit was initiated. Gunfire was heard by residents and officers, and pursuing officers believed they were being fired upon by the suspects. The suspect vehicle continued fleeing until striking a parked vehicle in the area of Cerritos Avenue and La Dera Drive. One suspect fled from the vehicle and into the neighborhood. When the officers confronted the remaining suspects, an officer involved shooting occurred.

One suspect was struck in the upper body and was determined deceased at the scene. A second suspect was struck in the lower body and was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. A third suspect fled on foot into the neighborhood and a perimeter was established from San Antonio Drive to Carson Street and from Orange Avenue to California Avenue. The S.W.A.T. team was activated, and K-9 and the police helicopter “Fox” also responded to assist in the search of the suspect. After several hours of searching, the third suspect was not located and remains outstanding. The perimeter was broken down at approximately 1:00 p.m. and only the crime scene areas remained closed.

It was determined that currency was taken during the robbery, and that an adult female was also robbed in the parking lot prior to the suspects fleeing. No victims or officers were injured during the incident. When investigators began combing the crime scene, they did locate shell casings along the path the suspects had driven, and one handgun was also located at the scene of the officer involved shooting.

The outstanding suspect was described as a male Black in his 20’s, with a medium height and a thin build, and was last seen wearing a long sleeve white shirt, dark colored camouflage shorts with a stripe at the bottom. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Due to the ongoing investigation, information on the deceased and injured suspects is not being released at this time.

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

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortez and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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