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Man killed by Long Beach officers was a gang member, police say

November 11, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Map shows the location of homicides connected to officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County since 2007.
Map shows the location of homicides connected to officer-involved shootings… (Times Homicide Report )

A man shot and killed by police in Long Beach after firing a handgun on a busy street was a reputed gang member with a lengthy arrest history, authorities said Monday.

Officers shot the man Sunday evening on West Anaheim Street near Chestnut Avenue and recovered a handgun from the scene, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said officers responded after receiving a report of a man firing a gun at a gas station in the 500 block of Anaheim Street.

INTERACTIVE: Times Homicide Report

Detectives believe the shooting was possibly gang-related and that multiple rounds were fired by the suspect who was killed by officers, police said Monday. 

"Detectives have identified the suspect as a local Long Beach gang member with an extensive arrest record," police said in a statement.

The suspect's name was not released. The incident was being investigated by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which probes all officer-involved shootings. 

Since January 2007, at least 273 people have been slain in officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County, according to The Times Homicide Report database.


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