Police Apprehend Suspect Wanted For Attempt Murder of a Police Officer

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Today, Long Beach Police Officers arrested a suspect involved in the March 18th attempt murder of a police officer.

On March 18, 2013, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Long Beach Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 8th Street and Maine Avenue regarding a group of possible gang members loitering at the location.

Upon arrival, an officer was making contact with one of the Male Hispanic subjects when he ran from the officer. The officer chased the subject. During the foot pursuit, the suspect began firing rounds from a handgun at the officer. The officer returned fire and the suspect fled into the neighborhood. The officer was not injured and detectives later determined the suspect was not struck by gunfire during the incident.

Homicide Detectives worked diligently reviewing all the evidence and interviewing persons in the neighborhood. Through their efforts, detectives were able to identify a suspect. On March 21, 2013, the Long Beach Police Department SWAT Team served a search warrant in the City of Wilmington and arrested 24-year-old Juan Carlos Vasquez, a resident of Long Beach. Vasquez, who is a gang member, was booked for the attempt murder of a police officer and is being held without bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans or Todd Johnson 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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