Woman in Serious, But Stable, Condition Following Officer Involved Shooting

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Semi-automatic type beretta replica firearm recovered at scene.

Semi-automatic type Beretta replica firearm recovered at scene.

On November 16, 2013, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Long Beach Police Department received calls from multiple citizens reporting a female armed with a handgun, in the area of 3rd Street and Long Beach Blvd.

Upon arrival, officers found a female matching the description and began setting up a containment. Officers were concerned due to the heavy pedestrian traffic because of the adjacent main post office and City Place Shopping Center.

While the containment was being setup, officers began negotiating with the female to get her to surrender to them. The female did not respond to the officers and, instead, just stared into the distance. The officers observed the female was holding an object in her right hand, but she kept it covered with some type of clothing.

The woman continued to refuse to talk or gesture to officers and communicate with them. Two Mental Evaluation Teams (MET) were brought in quickly to negotiate with her and their attempts were also unsuccessful.

The SWAT team was contacted to respond to the location to assist with the incident, all the while negotiations continued to try and end the incident peacefully. However, the female continued to ignore the pleas from the officers.

While waiting for the SWAT team to arrive, the female began to walk towards officers and removed the item of clothing that was covering the item in her right hand. Officers immediately saw what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun. Initially, she was pointing the weapon towards the postal building and in the air, and officers pleaded with her to drop the firearm.

However, the woman continued to take steps towards the officers and as she did, she turned the weapon towards officers, pointing it in their direction, and an officer involved shooting occurred.

Long Beach Fire Department personnel were already on scene and immediately responded and began treating the woman. They transported her to a local hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.

Through the course of the investigation, homicide detectives determined the weapon used by the suspect was a black semi-automatic type Beretta replica firearm.

The suspect has been identified as Adeline Arroyo, 32 years old and a resident of Long Beach. She has been booked for displaying a replica firearm in the presence of a police officer and remains in a local hospital where she is being treated.

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

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Teryl Hubert and Mark Bigel Guarino 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 www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

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