LBPD Detectives Investigating Fatal Shooting

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long-beach-police investigate fatal shootingOn Monday, July 19, 2010, at approximately 8:25 p.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a fight inside an apartment complex in the 6600 block of Obispo Avenue.  Prior to officers arriving on scene, they were notified by the Communications Center that a male caller was reporting that his wife had just shot someone in their yard in the 3200 block of East 67th Street, which was located a short distance away from the original dispatch location.  Arriving officers discovered a male subject who had sustained a gunshot wound, lying in the parkway.  Long Beach Fire Department paramedics responded and transported the subject to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries, and was later pronounced deceased.

A 57-year-old female and her husband were detained and transported to Police Headquarters for further questioning.  Through their initial investigation, detectives learned the female and her husband were inside their residence when they heard a noise on their roof.  Believing people were walking on their roof, they yelled out a window telling them to get off their property.  The residents looked out their front window and saw several people drop down off the roof and remain in the fenced in front yard.   Both the female and male residents armed themselves with handguns and went out to the yard where a confrontation took place between the residents and two male subjects.  When one of the subjects confronted the female, she fired two rounds striking him in the upper torso.  Until family can be notified, the victim is only being identified as a 25-year-old male resident of Long Beach.

The preliminary investigation revealed that an assault had occurred at the apartment complex on Obispo Avenue, and the two male subjects who may have been involved, ran onto the home’s roof when running from the location.  There is no indication that the woman’s home was burglarized, or in the process of being burglarized.

There were several witnesses at the scene that left prior to being interviewed by police and Detectives are working to identify them to help gain a clear understanding of the series of events that led to the fatal shooting.   Both residents were released after providing detectives with information surrounding the shooting.  Once the investigation is complete, detectives will present the facts of the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for a legal determination of the shooting.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting or has any information regarding the incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and D.J. Goodman at (562) 570-7244.

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