S.W.A.T. Officers Apprehend Barricaded Suspect Wanted in Shooting of Code Enforcement Inspector

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Hit and Run suspect arrestedThursday, July 5, 2012, at approximately 7:52 a.m., a City of Long Beach Code Enforcement Inspector was shot while attempting to serve an Inspection Warrant at a residence in the 6100 block of John Avenue, and the suspect responsible was taken into custody.

Due to the resident at this location being a problem for Code Enforcement in the past, Long Beach Police accompanied the inspectors to this location to serve the warrant at this residence for its blighted condition.

As inspectors and police were in front of the location determining their course of action, a shot was fired from the location and one of the inspectors was struck in the head. The inspector was immediately transported to a local hospital by Long Beach Police.

As additional officers were arriving at the location, shots continued to be fired from the location. It was determined that a barricaded suspect situation had developed and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.) was activated.

As a precaution, the Reverse 9-1-1 system was utilized to communicate with residences in the area and notify them that an active situation was taking place in their neighborhood and to remain inside their residences with their doors and windows locked. In addition, several residences were evacuated and an emergency evacuation center had been opened at Jordan High School.

With the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, S.W.A.T. was able to deploy a ballistic tactical vehicle into the residence. During S.W.A.T.’s operation, several canisters of tear gas were deployed into the residence. The suspect fired several more rounds while inside and repeatedly yelled out for officers to shoot him.

At approximately 2:43 p.m., the suspect came out of the residence, and when he failed to comply with the officers’ orders, a K-9 was deployed and the suspect was bitten. S.W.A.T. officers were then able to safely take the suspect into custody. As a result of injuries sustained from the K-9 contact, he was transported to a local hospital. A rifle with a scope was discovered during a subsequent search of the residence.

The suspect is only being identified as a male adult at this time until his identity is verified. Once he is cleared from the hospital, he will be transported to the Long Beach City Jail for booking on charges of attempted murder and possible weapons violations.

Fortunately, the injured Code Enforcement Inspector sustained a non life-threatening injury and is expected to make a full recovery. No one else on scene was injured during the incident.

The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Long Beach Unified School District, the Long Beach Fire Department, and the City of Long Beach Departments of Public Works and Development Services for their assistance and support.

We would also like to thank the community members that reside in the neighborhood affected by today’s incident. Their cooperation and understanding during an intense and unpredictable situation was truly appreciated.

Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted via text or web by visiting www.tipsoft.com.

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