Officials Say Man Shot by Deputies in Long Beach Fired at Them Then Shot Himself

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A man shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies while walking his daughter to school in North Long Beach on Tuesday remained in grave condition as the Department released more details about the incident that led to his injuries.  

Officials said that the unidentified man was contacted by deputies at around 10:30AM from the Work Release Non-Compliance Team looking for a woman who disappeared from a work program. They were in the area of Sunset Street and Pine Avenue in Long Beach because they had learned the woman was walking her child to school.

Deputies saw the man walking with a young child and tried to contact him to find out if he knew about the woman. When they approached him, however, he allegedly pulled a handgun out of his rear pocket, pushed his daughter out of the way and fired once at the deputies, who authorities say were in a marked Sheriff’s Department vehicle.

The deputies returned fire and struck the man, causing him to collapse, and while he was on the ground, officials say the man shot himself with his own gun. The girl was returned to her mother, the suspect’s girlfriend, who was not the woman being sought by authorities. 

Sheriff’s investigators said they recovered a weapon at the scene. A motive for why the man would have shot at deputies or shot himself is unknown. 

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call detectives at (323) 890-5500.

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.
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