Location of shooting. Photos by Stephanie Rivera.
UPDATE | An armed robbery suspect who was shot and critically wounded in his attempt to flee police Sunday afternoon in Long Beach is among five men and a juvenile who were booked in connection to the crime, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).
Police were investigating an armed robbery involving multiple suspects near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Lemon Avenue at 3:21PM on Sunday, September 11, said LBPD spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.
As officers approached multiple suspects in the parking lot of the shopping center, some suspects fled on foot while others fled in a vehicle, officials stated.
At least one suspect was detained by officers who also located a firearm at the scene.
Police said the fleeing vehicle continued until it collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle across the street.
“As one suspect was fleeing the vehicle, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” officials stated. “A male adult suspect sustained a gunshot injury and was transported to a local hospital.”
A containment perimeter was then established while officers searched for a suspect who escaped. A short time later, he was apprehended a block away, officials stated. No other suspect is considered missing. The wounded suspect is listed in critical condition.
Authorities booked five men—including the injured suspect—and one male juvenile, in connection with the armed robbery. Officials said they will not release more details on the suspect or the armed robbery at this time.
The Police Department thoroughly reviews all use of force incidents through a rigorous multi-step process that evaluates legal, policy, tactical, and equipment issues. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or has video, or information, is encouraged to call the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at 562.570.7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1.800.222.TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
PREVIOUSLY: Armed Robbery Suspect Hospitalized Following Officer-Involved Shooting
9/11/16 at 6:39PM | Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Poly High School Sunday afternoon that began when police were investigating an armed robbery, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials. The shooting resulted in the injury of one suspect.
Police were investigating an armed robbery involving multiple suspects near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Lemon Avenue at 3:21PM on Sunday, September 11, said LBPD spokeswoman Marlene Arrona. At some point around that time, an officer-involved shooting happened.
Long Beach resident Jose Agustin, who witnessed the scene unfold, said he heard two gunshots and saw a man running on PCH, out of a shopping center located at the intersection. He said cops appeared right away.
Officials said a suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital. The suspect’s condition is unknown, according to Arrona.
A weapon from one of the suspects was found at the scene, according to authorities.
Though police did not say how many suspects were involved, they did confirm that there are no outstanding suspects.
Authorities expected to close Pacific Coast Highway between Martin Luther King Jr. and Orange avenues for a few more hours while evidence was being collected.
No additional information was available at this time. The Post will update this report as the situation develops.
PREVIOUSLY: Suspect Injured Following Sunday Officer-Involved Shooting
9/11/16 at 4:54PM | A suspect was injured following an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the area of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Lemon Avenue Sunday afternoon, police say.
A gun was also found on-site, according to police.
At around 5:10PM, police were seen carrying a young child from the crime scene. Forensics had just arrived.
PCH, between Martin Luther King Jr. and Orange avenues, will be closed for an unspecified amount of time as police gather evidence.
An officer-involved shooting investigation is continuing, according to LBPD spokesperson Marlene Arrona.
The Long Beach Post is on-site. More details to come.
This report was updated at 5:36PM, clarifying the status of the suspect. Original reports said suspect was at large. In fact he was found, injured.