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Ocean Boulevard Suspect Shot, Killed in Long Beach After Robbery, Pursuit

11:11 p.m. UPDATE: A video of the fatal shooting has been captured via a cell phone by a Long Beach resident and the video has been obtained by several Southern California media outlets.  The video shows the suspect running away from Long Beach police officers down a pathway to a nearby beach, then the suspect was struck by several shots.  Also, the entire incident was witnessed by dozens of witnesses, who live in and around the location of the shooting.

More details to follow.

Original Post

Long Beach: Law enforcement officials have shot and killed a suspect after a crime began at a department store in Compton ending with deadly gunfire at the end of the pursuit along Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach.

According to a statement from law enforcement officials, on Sunday, April 27, 2014, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department‘s Compton Sheriff’s Station, observed a male adult in a struggle with security officers at the “Target” store located on the 1600 block of South Alameda Street, Compton.

As deputies assisted the security officers, the suspect pulled out a large pair of scissors.  The suspect then fled to a vehicle, and the deputies pursued the vehicle.

The suspect then came to a stop on the 1800 block of East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, where he refused to comply with deputies’ commands to exit the vehicle.

Approximately 15 minutes later, the suspect exited the vehicle with a large wooden stick in hand, again refusing to comply with deputies’ verbal commands.

In an attempt to safely detain the uncooperative suspect, deputies utilized less than lethal force by deploying a stunt bag.  The stunt bag had no effect on the suspect, and he again ran from deputies.  The suspect then encountered Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officers, who were assisting on the containment, and a LBPD officer-involved shooting occurred.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

“Target” security officers originally attempted to detain the suspect for a crime allegedly committed at the store.

Compton Sheriff’s Station detectives will investigate the Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer, as well as the Robbery.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives will investigate the use of force used by deputies and LBPD personnel will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The identity of the suspect will be released by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner at a later time.

There is no further information at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

–Source Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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