Police Investigate Murder; Suspect Believed to Be Victims Roomate

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homicideOn Sunday, September 30, 2012, at approximately 8:41 p.m., Long Beach Police responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Easy Avenue regarding a shooting. At the residence, officers discovered a male adult who had been shot in the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital, but died as a result of his injuries.

The investigation led officers to a residence in the 6800 block of Myrtle Avenue. The residence was contained and the suspect was contacted. At 11:27 p.m., the suspect was arrested without incident.

Investigators believe the victim and suspect where roommates and were arguing. The argument escalated and the suspect shot the victim. The victim is only being identified as a male adult at this time until family can be notified. The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Elpuz of Long Beach. He has been booked for murder at the Long Beach City Jail and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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