A shooting involving the U.S. Marshals Service took place in Long Beach’s Willmore neighborhood Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The shooting was reported around 12:50 p.m. in the area of 12th Street and Cedar Avenue.
Two members of the U.S. Marshal’s local task force were attempting to apprehend a fugitive wanted on a felony warrant out of Colorado for narcotics distribution identified as John Troxell, according to U.S. Marshals spokeswoman Shaunteh Kelly. During the arrest attempt, Troxell fired shots at the task force members and law enforcement returned fire. None of the officers or others were injured, Kelly said.
The Long Beach Police Department is investigating the shooting, but its officers were not involved in it, according to the department.
LBPD spokesman Richard Mejia said Troxell was taken to a local hospital for injuries not related to the shooting.
U.S. Marshals typically arrest federal fugitives, and transport and house suspects. Marshals also assist in witness protection and conduct other roles as the enforcement arm of the federal courts.
One witness who declined to be identified said a grey car ran a stop sign on Cedar Avenue as U.S. Marshals followed him. The grey car made a left onto 12th Street, where he then stopped the car and ran into an alleyway, then several shots rang out shortly after.
The entire block of 12th Street was closed off from Cedar Avenue to Pacific Avenue.
Troxell will be booked once he’s released from medical care, Mejia said.
This story has been updated with information from the LBPD.
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