Man Holding Meat Cleaver Shot By Police Following Confrontation

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On Thursday, November 26, 2015, at approximately 11:19 P.M., an officer responded to assist the Long Beach Fire Department with a report of an assault at a residence in the 300 block of E. Sunset Street, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

The preliminary investigation has determined that the officer arrived on scene and approached the front of the residence on foot. Upon the officer’s approach, a male adult exited the residence holding a meat cleaver in a threatening manner and confronted the officer. The officer gave the suspect several commands to drop the meat cleaver, however the suspect refused to comply and an officer involved shooting occurred.

The suspect,  identified as 45-year-old Hung Doan Nguyen of Long Beach, was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. Nguyen is a resident of the location where the incident took place. The officer was not injured.

A weapon was located and recovered from the scene (pictured above).

Nguyen will be booked on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

It was determined that Nguyen was the original calling party and described to the dispatcher he had been the victim of an assault and required paramedics. The assault Nguyen reported is still under investigation. At this time police have not been able to determine the circumstances, or locate any witnesses, in regards to Nguyen’s reported assault.

Detectives are seeking witnesses who may have information about the assault Nguyen reported. Anyone with information about the assault or the officer-involved shooting is urged to contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail 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

The Police Department thoroughly reviews all use of force incidents through a rigorous multi-step process that evaluates legal, policy, tactical and equipment issues. In addition, all officer-involved shootings involving a suspect who is hit, are independently investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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