This past Saturday, a subject was pronounced deceased while in the custody of the Long Beach Police Department after two security guards for a private industrial property noticed the subject entering employees' vehicles.
A private security company contacted police at 6:45PM regarding an unfolding incident in the 6200 block of Paramount Avenue. Upon LBPD arrival, officers discovered that two security guards had detained the subject after he attempted to take one of the security guard's vehicle and, when that failed, attempted to scale a nearby fence.
After formally arresting the subject and moving him into an open space, the subject went into medical distress. Officers attempted life-saving measures and paramedics then arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital; however, he was pronounced deceased upon arrival.
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Per usual with in-custody deaths, homicide detectives are conducting an investigation while the Los Angeles County Coroner's office will also conduct an independent investigation.
This is the second in-custody death so far this year. The first being a woman who was arrested for possesion of narcotics and died after going into medical distress while in a holding cell.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Malcolm Evans and Todd Johnson at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.