Suspect shoots himself following police pursuit

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long beach police pursuit shootingOn Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at approximately 7:04 p.m., officers from the Long Beach Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the area of 63rd Street and Orange Avenue.

While an officer attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, the driver started his car and began to flee the scene. The officer attempted to stop the suspect, who grabbed on to the officer’s hands and accelerated, which caused the officer to lose his balance and be dragged by the suspect alongside the suspect’s moving car. The officer broke free and fell to the ground before he and his partner returned to their vehicle and pursued the suspect’s vehicle.

The pursuit terminated in the 100 block of East Plymouth Street when the suspect vehicle stopped. Officers approached and heard a shot fired.  One officer was injured and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from flying debris. At this time it does not appear that any officers discharged their weapons.

The suspect was also transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased that evening.  He has been identified as Christopher Solorzano, a 26-year-old resident of Long Beach.

Firearms were recovered from the scene, and it appears that the suspect died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, although the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives David Rios or Hugo Cortes at (562) 570-7244.

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