LBPD Detective Shot, Suspects Outstanding
2011-01-31 · By Editor
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, at approximately 10:50 p.m., two on-duty Long Beach Police gang detectives were patrolling in the area of Anaheim Street and Mahanna Avenue when, without warning, they were fired upon by an unknown number of suspects in a vehicle.
The uniformed detectives were traveling on Anaheim Street near Mahanna Avenue when an occupant in the suspect vehicle fired multiple rounds at the detective’s unmarked police vehicle, which was equipped with emergency lights and siren. The detective that was driving the vehicle was struck once in the upper torso by gunfire and was immediately transported to a local hospital by his partner. The detective sustained a non-life-threatening injury and is listed in stable condition.
Additional officers were on the southeast corner of Anaheim Street and Mahanna Avenue conducting an unrelated investigation. One officer from within that group of officers fired at the suspect vehicle as it fled southbound on Mahanna Avenue from Anaheim Street. Investigators do not believe a suspect was hit by the officer’s gunfire. Investigators later discovered a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description in the area of 8th Street and Gundry Avenue. That vehicle has been impounded as part of the investigation.
As part of the operation, SWAT was activated and the police department’s Bloodhound dog was utilized, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bloodhound, to assist in the search of the suspect(s). As a result of the magnitude of the investigation, a significant number of Police Department resources were utilized and many streets were closed to all pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
The detective, whose identity is being withheld for his safety, is 30-years of age and a 7-year member of the Department.
The Long Beach Police Department’s investigation is ongoing and anyone who may have any information regarding this incident is strongly urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Terri Hubert and Peter Lackovic at (562) 570-7244.