Update: Officer-Involved Shooting in Long Beach
On May 26, 2021 at approximately 11:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of West 52nd Street regarding a call of a person with a gun. An officer-involved shooting occurred without injury.
When they arrived, officers saw the suspect exiting a residence with a rifle. The suspect matched the detailed description provided by the calling party, a male adult victim. Officers observed the male adult suspect fire two shots, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. Neither the officers nor the suspect were struck by gunfire, and the suspect subsequently re-entered the residence.
Officers learned there were other people inside the residence where the suspect entered. Due to the suspect’s violent actions and for the safety of the surrounding community, the SWAT team responded to the location while officers on scene began evacuating nearby residents.
Officers continued to talk to the suspect to get him to surrender peacefully. After approximately two hours, the suspect exited the residence wearing body armor and was safely taken into custody by officers. A female adult and a female juvenile also exited the residence unharmed.
Two officers were involved in the shooting. The involved officers were equipped with body-worn cameras which were activated, and the Department is in the process of reviewing the footage.
The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect and victim, calling party, are neighbors in a connected residence. They were involved in an altercation that escalated when the suspect pointed a rifle at the victim.
A loaded rifle was recovered from inside the residence where the suspect had barricaded himself.
The suspect was identified as Jaime Lopez-Pinzon Jr., a 26-year-old resident of Long Beach, and was arrested at the scene.
As with all officer-involved shooting incidents, the Department will be conducting a complete and thorough multi-level review of the incident. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation of the incident, as they do with all officer-involved shootings.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Donald Collier and Leticia Gamboa at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS ‘(8477), or test TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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