The Long Beach Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting that resulted in the critical injury of armed suspect who is believed to be involved in an armed robbery and pursuit in the City of Signal Hill.
On August 8, 2021, at approximately 10:43 pm, the Signal Hill Police Department received a call regarding an armed robbery at a grocery store in the 1600 block of East Willow Street. As Signal Hill Police officers arrived on scene, community members began pointing at a vehicle that was driving out of the grocery store parking lot. Officers attempted to contact the driver of the vehicle, a silver 2020 Honda Accord, but the suspect fled from the scene and Signal Hill Police officers initiated a vehicle pursuit.
Signal Hill Police officers pursued the suspect vehicle and lost sight of it in the area of Pacific Avenue and Willow Street in Long Beach.
The Signal Hill Police Department provided the armed robbery and pursuit information to our Long Beach Police Dispatch who broadcasted that information to officers in the area.
At approximately 10:54 pm, officers who were working as additional resources to combat the recent spike in violent crime that has been occurring in Long Beach, encountered a two-vehicle traffic collision in the area of Harbor Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. One of the vehicles involved matched the description of the vehicle that Signal Hill Officers were previously pursuing.
Officers on scene found the suspect vehicle unoccupied and a community member advised them that the driver ran southbound on Harbor Avenue. He then pointed at a man standing near the corner of Esther Street and Harbor Avenue and identified him as the driver.
Officers contacted the suspect and noticed a firearm in the suspect’s front right pant pocket. As officers were attempting to arrest the suspect, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Officers rendered aid to the suspect until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived on scene. The suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
A loaded firearm was recovered at the scene and no officers were injured.
Additionally, detectives later learned that the 2020 Honda Accord had been stolen earlier in the day outside of our jurisdiction.
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 also be conducting 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 Michael Hutchinson and Michael Hubbard 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