On Thursday, April 23, 2015, at approximately 2:45 P.M., officers responded to a residential multi-unit complex in the 1100 block of Hoffman Avenue regarding a report of several subjects unlawfully trespassing and vandalizing inside a vacant residence which resulted in an officer involved shooting.
The preliminary investigation has determined the following:
When the officers arrived they discovered an open window with no screen at the rear of the residence.
The officers located a second window that was broken, with the screen removed.
An officer looked through the opening to the broken window and observed a male suspect standing next to a wall.
The officer observed the suspect turn towards him, while bending his knees, and extending his arm out as if pointing an object which the officer perceived was a gun.
At this point, an officer involved shooting occurred.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased.
The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Hector Morejon of Long Beach.
No officers were injured during this incident.
The interior of the residence was covered with gang-related graffiti.
A weapon was not recovered from the scene.
The following individuals were detained at the scene and arrested related to this incident.
The Police Department thoroughly reviews all use of force incidents through a rigorous multi-step process that evaluates legal, policy, tactical and equipment issues. In addition, all officer involved shootings where a death occurs, are independently investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.