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Seal Beach officer-involved shooting on Old Ranch Road

An officer-involved shooting occurred after police responded to a call of a suspicious person.

On Monday, January 16, 2023, at approximately 9:36 PM, officers from the Seal Beach Police Department responded to a call for service in the 100 block of Old Ranch Road regarding a suspicious person in front of a residence. Officers contacted the subject outside of the residence, the subject produced a gun, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

After the shooting, police officers transitioned to providing lifesaving efforts to the suspect. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased. A firearm was recovered from the scene. Currently, the suspect is only being identified as a 47-year-old male resident of Irvine.

No additional information on the suspect will be provided at this time, pending next-of-kin notification.

There were no physical injuries to Seal Beach Police officers as a result of the incident. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office responded to initiate the investigation into the circumstances of the officer-involved shooting. The Seal Beach PD Detective Division and Internal Affairs Division also responded to the location.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jeff Gibson at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1128 or jgibson@sealbeachca.gov.

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.

UPDATE (4:00 p.m., Jan. 17, 2023):

The suspect in the officer-involved shooting on Monday, January 16, 2023 has been publicly identified as 47-year-old Michael Bernard Emch Jr., an Orange County resident.

On Monday, January 16, 2023, at approximately 9:36 PM, officers from the Seal Beach Police Department responded to a call for service in the 100 block of Old Ranch Road regarding a suspicious person in front of a residence. Officers contacted the subject outside of the residence, the subject produced a gun, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased. A firearm was recovered from the scene.

The suspect has been positively identified as Michael Bernard Emch Jr., age 47, an Orange County resident with multiple associated addresses. Investigators have confirmed Emch was the restrained party in an active domestic violence restraining order, stemming from a previous domestic violence incident in Seal Beach in July 2022.

There is no ongoing threat to the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jeff Gibson at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1128 or jgibson@sealbeachca.gov.

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