UPDATE: Police Identify Suspect in Last Night’s Officer-Involved Shooting in Naples

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Photo courtesy of LBPD.

UPDATE | A man who allegedly slit his own throat with a knife and then charge at police, resulting in an officer-involved shooting, has been identified as a 25-year-old Lakewood resident, authorities said. 

Richard Everhart was placed in custody for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) officials.

Authorities said at 9:30PM a resident reported a man, who appeared to be intoxicated, trying to enter the front door of the residence on the 100 block of The Colonnade. After arriving officers spoke with the resident, they spotted the man walking down the sidewalk.

“Officers called to the man to stop so they could investigate why he tried to enter the caller’s home; however, he ignored them and kept walking,” officials stated. “As the officers followed him, he suddenly stopped, turned around, and drew a knife to his own throat and began cutting it repeatedly while advancing on the officers.”

Police gave the suspect verbal commands to drop the knife while they prepared to use less lethal devices. However, before officers could use any device, and as they continued to direct the suspect to drop the knife and surrender, he raised the knife toward police while quickly advancing at them, and an officer-involved shooting happened, according to officials.

Police took Everhart into custody and performed life-saving measures until Long Beach paramedics arrived and transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is listed in stable but critical condition.

No officers were injured.

Authorities expect to present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office early next week.

The incident will be reviewed by the LBPD which will evaluate legal, policy, tactical and equipment issues. The district attorney’s office will also conduct an independent investigation.

Anyone who may have information or video related to this incident is asked 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: Long Beach Police Shoot, Critically Injure Knife-Wielding Man After Attempted Break-in, Suicide

10/21/16 at 10:21AM | An intoxicated man was hospitalized in critical condition last night after he allegedly charged at an officer with a knife following an attempt to slit his own throat and trespass a home in the city’s Naples area, authorities said.

The incident happened around 9:30PM on Thursday, October 20 at a residence on the 100 block of The Colonnade, according to Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokesman Brad Johnson. Police were initially called to a report of an intoxicated man trying to enter the front door of the residence, he said.

“The arriving officer confronted the man who was cutting his own throat with a knife,” Johnson said. “When the officer tried to negotiate with him to surrender, the suspect with the knife advanced toward the officer and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

The man was then transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

No officers were injured.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information or video related to this incident is asked to call LBPD Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.