Man shot by Long Beach police is identified

Authorities today identified a man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Long Beach after police say he brandished a gun toward an officer and fired a shot.

The shooting occurred around 10:10 p.m. Sunday near Rhea Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, according to Jennifer De Prez of the Long Beach Police Department.

Kerry Michael Bounsom, 33, died at a hospital, according to the coroner’s office and Long Beach police. His home town was not known.

Doorbell video obtained by a number of media outlets shows an officer repeatedly shouting, “Put your hands out, put your hands out.” Bounsom is seen crouching behind a car and then appears to stand up right before he is shot.

The officers were working as part of a violent crime task force when they tried to stop Bounsom, who was on a bicycle, and he ran away, De Prez said. They followed on foot.

“After several de-escalation attempts by the officers, the suspect continued to be uncooperative. Officers first deployed their conducted electrical weapon on the suspect,” De Prez said. “The suspect then brandished a firearm towards one of the officers. Officers indicated at least one shot was fired by the suspect, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Officers rendered aid to the wounded man until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital, De Prez said.

A firearm was located at the scene, she said. A picture was released of a silver semi-automatic handgun with a black handle.

No officers were injured during the incident, De Prez said. It remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact homicide detectives Oscar Valenzuela and Eric Thai at 562-570-7244 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or lacrimestoppers.org.

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