Two Investigations Result in Officer Involved Shootings

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On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at approximately, 3:13 a.m., Long Beach Police were involved in an officer involved shooting in the City of Carson that originated in Long Beach after a woman reported being threatened by her ex-boyfriend.

The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 2:37 a.m., a woman in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway flagged down officers and indicated that her ex-boyfriend was threatening her and her family, and believed he may be lying in wait at the family home in Long Beach to kill them.  Officers began investigating and learned that the suspect was possibly in the area of Del Amo Boulevard and Central Avenue in the City of Carson.  Los Angeles Police Department’s airship was assisting on this call, and was requested to check this area.  They located a male subject at a gas station at that intersection, which matched the description of the ex-boyfriend, and directed Long Beach Police to this location.

As the first officer arrived, he was immediately fired upon by the suspect.  The officer returned fire and the suspect fled the location on foot.  During this time, L.A.P.D.’s airship continued following the suspect, providing updated information to responding L.B.P.D. ground units.  The suspect was seen running through Mills Memorial Park, located at Central Avenue and Dimondale Drive, where officers engaged the suspect in gunfire.  The suspect ran through the park with officers in foot pursuit and was then observed going into a nearby neighborhood and into the backyard of a residence in the 20000 block of Hillford Avenue.

Officers, believing the suspect may have been attempting to break into the residence and may take hostages or harm the residents, entered the backyard where they again engaged the suspect in gunfire.  The suspect was struck and sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.  Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.

A weapon was recovered at the scene.  It was determined that there was no relation between the suspect and the residents who resided at the Hillford Avenue home.  No officers or others were injured during this incident.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has identified the suspect as 32-year-old Erick Balint of Long Beach.

On September 26, 2013, at about 5:15 p.m., a plainclothes Long Beach Police Officer was in the area of 17th Street and Junipero Avenue conducting a narcotics investigation in response to several complaints from the community about drug activity in their neighborhood.

The officer noticed an individual who he believed was involved in drug activity and also believing the person to be armed, the officer requested backup assistance from nearby uniformed units.

Before assisting units could arrive, the subject approached the officer in a threatening manner while reaching in his waistband attempting to retrieve a shiny metal object. The officer identified himself as a police officer, gave several verbal commands which the subject refused to follow, and an officer involved shooting occurred.

Arriving officers began to render medical aid and called Long Beach Fire Department to the scene. The subject was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. A metal bat was recovered from the subjects waistband.

The decedent has been identified as 39-year-old Long Beach resident John DelReal.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shootings, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Scott Lasch and Donald Goodman 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


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