UPDATE: South Street Now Open to Traffic Following its Closure, Prompted by Car Chase that Ended in Long Beach • Long Beach Post

UPDATE | South Street is now open to traffic, after a car chase that ended in North Long Beach today with the death of the male suspect.

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According to Long Beach Police Department Spokesperson Marlene Arrona, the suspect, described as a male adult, resisted the California Highway Patrol (CHP)’s pursuit for a carpool lane violation on the Artesia (91) Freeway, prompting the brief car chase. 

As described earlier, the suspect fired at a CHP officer after colliding with a cinder block perimeter surrounding a parking lot at Cherry Avenue and South Street, between 1:00 and 1:30PM. He then fled on foot before he was found, dead, near the railroad tracks, of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Arrona said the CHP officer did not return the shots fired and was not injured in the incident. 

The investigation remains ongoing. 

PREVIOUSLY: Suspect Shot at CHP Officer Before He was Found Dead After Car Chase in Long Beach

11/05/15 at 4:27PM | Additional details emerged this afternoon regarding the car chase that ended in North Long Beach and resulted in the death of the suspect, who appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Long Beach police.

Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) spokesperson Marlene Arrona said the California Highway Patrol (CHP) had pursued the suspect for a traffic violation on the Artesia (91) Freeway until the suspect collided with a cinder block perimeter that surrounded a parking lot on the corner of Cherry Avenue and South Street in Long Beach, around 1:00PM. During the pursuit, the CHP requested help from the LBPD with an armed suspect. 

According to Arrona, the suspect fired shots in the direction of a CHP officer who had attempted to contact him, then fled on foot.

The officer lost sight of the suspect, but found him dead at the scene shortly after, near the railroad tracks, from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot injury.

Streets remained closed (Cherry Avenue from 59th to Market and South Street from Paramount to Gardenia).

The CHP and LBPD are conducting an ongoing joint investigation, officials said. 

PREVIOUSLY: Police Close Roads in North Long Beach Following Car Chase and Suspect’s Death

11/05/15 at 4:10PM | Police have closed roads in the area where today’s police chase ended, and where the suspect died.

Specifically, police have closed southbound Cherry Avenue at 59th Street, northbound Cherry Avenue at Market Street, westbound South Street at Paramount Boulevard and eastbound South Street at Gardenia Avenue. Police urge residents to avoid the area until further notice.

PREVIOUSLY: Police Chase Ends in North Long Beach; Suspect Dies

11/05/15 at 2:53PM | A police chase that began on the Artesia (91) Freeway ended today in North Long Beach at South Street and Cherry Avenue, with the suspect determined deceased at the scene, according to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

The man was taken into custody around 1:30PM, just after he crashed and abandoned the car, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported. LBPD Spokesperson Marlene Arrona confirmed the suspect was deceased, but provided no immediate details on how the suspect died, which occurred at some point after he fled his car and ran to the South and Cherry area. 

The CHP had attempted to pull the suspect over for a traffic violation on the 91 Freeway, but the man continued to drive. They requested help from the LBPD around 1:00PM. 

The LBPD assisted with the arrest of the suspect, who was thought to be unarmed.

No additional information is available at this time. The Post will update this story as we learn more.

City News Service contributed to this report.

This report was updated on 11/06/15 at 10:02AM, clarifying the CHP’s request for help from the LBPD for an armed, not unarmed suspect. 

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