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Man shot by Long Beach Police officer after refusing to put down handgun

On Nov. 12, 2021, at approximately 8:20 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Woodruff Avenue regarding an unknown trouble call, which resulted in an officer involved shooting.

Handgun recovered at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Police Department.
Handgun recovered at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Police Department.

The first arriving officers located a man inside of a parked vehicle on Los Coyotes Diagonal near Woodruff Avenue. The man was holding what appeared to be a firearm. 

Officers made several attempts to de-escalate the situation, as the suspect refused to put down the firearm. The suspect threatened to harm himself and then pointed the gun at officers, which resulted in one of the officers discharging their service weapon.

Officers immediately rendered aid until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived on the scene and transported the suspect to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper body.

Leading up to this incident, Police Dispatch received several calls for service, stating a man was in the area waving around a knife and a gun.

The preliminary investigation revealed the firearm was a CO2-powered BB gun—which was recovered at the scene. 

All officers were equipped with body-worn cameras and the Department is in the process of reviewing the footage.

The suspect is identified as a 40-year-old man from Palmdale. 

As with all officer-involved shooting incidents, the Department will be conducting a full and thorough multi-level review of the incident. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation of the incident, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that result in injury or death.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, we urge you to please call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Michael Hubbard or Michael Hutchison 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.

The article and photo above were released by the Long Beach Police Department.