UPDATE: Female Suspect Fatally Shot by Long Beach Police Identified

UPDATE | Authorities have identified a woman fatally shot by Long Beach police Wednesday night after she allegedly fired shots at her boyfriend, an off-duty CHP employee, and then pointed a handgun at responding officers.

The female suspect was Michele Rice, 33, of Long Beach according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and the coroner’s office.

Rice was a personal trainer at a local gym, and her boyfriend is a California Highway Patrol officer, ABC7 reported.

Long Beach police officials told NBC4 the woman was in the early application process of applying to the Long Beach Police Department.

City News Service contributed to this report.

PREVIOUSLY: UPDATE: Police Say Armed Female Suspect Argued With, Fired Gun At Boyfriend Before Being Fatally Shot by Cops

6/8/17 4:34PM | An armed suspect fatally shot by police last night had fired shots in the direction of her boyfriend after an argument prior to the officer-involved shooting in Long Beach, according to new information released by authorities.

Preliminary information by homicide detectives who were investigating the incident at the scene until this afternoon revealed that the armed woman was involved in an ongoing argument with her boyfriend before they initially parted ways late last night.

“As he [the boyfriend] left a residence and was nearing the intersection of Studebaker Road and East Spring Street in a vehicle, the female who had left prior to him, fired several shots in his direction,” police officials stated.

The man, who authorities revealed the victim is a California Highway Patrol (CHP) employee, escaped uninjured and called police.

Officers in the area arrived within a few minutes to the crime in progress and were then flagged down by the victim who directed them to the area where the suspect was last seen.

“The officers quickly located the armed female suspect,” officials stated. “They shouted multiple commands to drop the handgun but the suspect refused to comply with their lawful orders, pointed a handgun at the officers, and the officer involved shooting occurred.”

The coroner’s office will identify the woman pending notification of kin.

The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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).

PREVIOUSLY: Long Beach Officers Fatally Shoot Armed Female Suspect; Handgun Found 

6/8/17 at 11:00AM | A woman was fatally shot last night by Long Beach police responding to a call about shots fired, authorities said today.

Officers responded to the shots fired call and reports of a person with a gun involving an adult male victim and adult female suspect at about 11:55PM near Studebaker Road and East Spring Street, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.

When police arrived, they encountered an armed woman and “an officer involved shooting occurred.” A handgun was found at the scene, officials stated.

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A handgun recovered at the scene of the OIS. Photo courtesy of LBPD.

Officers then administered life saving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and determined the suspect dead at the scene.

Authorities said the male victim involved in the initial incident was the suspect’s boyfriend and employed by California Highway Patrol.

No other suspects are involved in the case and no other injuries were reported.

Long Beach homicide detectives were at the scene Thursday morning investigating the officer-involved shooting, prompting the closure of Studebaker Road, between Spring Street and Wardlow Road.

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Editor’s note: this story was updated at 11:22AM clarifying the victim and the suspect in the story. 

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