Man Believed to Have Killed Himself Following Pursuit And Attempt Murder Of CHP Officer

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On Thursday, November 5, 2015, about 1:00 p.m., Long Beach Police were requested to assist California Highway Patrol (CHP) with a search of an armed suspect in the area of South Street and Cherry Avenue.

The preliminary investigation indicates a CHP motorcycle officer was eastbound on the 91 Freeway, west of Long Beach Boulevard, when he attempted to conduct a traffic stop for a carpool violation. The gold Ford Taurus exited the freeway at Long Beach Boulevard, and proceeded through a red light, initially at a slow rate of speed, then suddenly accelerated and drove away.

A vehicle pursuit ensued for approximately three to four minutes and terminated at South Street and Cherry Avenue when the suspect vehicle collided into a cinder block wall.

The suspect exited the vehicle and ran eastbound on South Street. When the CHP officer attempted to contact the suspect, the suspect turned and fired at the officer who took cover behind his motorcycle. The officer did not return fire. The suspect fled southbound between businesses on South Street and out of the officer’s line of sight.

Long Beach Police received calls from businesses in the area regarding a male adult suspect attempting to rob employees at gunpoint and carjack a vehicle.

A short time later, during a search of the area, Long Beach Police found a male adult lying near the railroad tracks north of Market Street, with a handgun nearby. The man matched the description of the suspect involved in the attempt murder of the CHP officer and the attempt robberies.

Long Beach Fire Department responded and determined the suspect deceased at the scene. It appeared that the suspect sustained a self-inflicted gunshot injury.

The name of the suspect is not being released at this time. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will make positive identification and notify next of kin.

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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