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Steve Propes

Sunday, April 14

1600 block of Gaviota Ave. At 8:45 p.m., after interacting with a suspect, 30-year-old Nelson Martinez Gonzalez of Long Beach was shot in his upper body; dying at the hospital. Post-midnight, officers located a suspect in a vehicle who fled a vehicle on foot near Pacific Coast Highway and Walnut Avenue. After an all-night search with a drone, the scene was cleared in the morning. “SWAT officers located and arrested the male suspect for an unrelated no-bail warrant.  His involvement in the murder, if any, remains under investigation.”

Monday, April 15

First St. and Falcon Ave. At 2:30 p.m., a poster said an “older lady tried doing a hit and run and it didn’t turn out so well, ended up hitting over five cars.” 

Atlantic Ave. and Spring St. At 11 p.m., “a man dressed in all black wandering in the middle of the street went on the 405 onramp,” said a local resident. Guiding him back to the sidewalk; he tried 911 twice. The Long Beach operator said, “it’s Signal Hill.” Then the man “wandered over to a Signal Hill parking lot raising his arms, walking, yelling, bending over his rear end to cars.” Another 911 call, Signal Hill police responded to the magic words, “a danger to himself and others.” Blocks away, another man, same situation, dancing on the yellow line. Another 911 call. “You’re the one who called us earlier.” He then went home.

Wednesday, April 17

14th St. and Warren Ave. At 4:21 p.m., looking for a person with a gun in MacArthur Park, police located a suspect matching the description with a firearm. Officers gave the suspect multiple orders to put down the firearm. The suspect did not comply; an officer-involved shooting. He died at the hospital, the gun was loaded.

Thursday, April 18

7900 block of Spring St. At 3:53 a.m., a first floor apartment unit caught fire; a woman suffered smoke inhalation, a firefighter fell from a second story balcony, was uninjured.

Friday, April 19

4105 E. Broadway. An online poster heard a driver “revving their engine” at 11:38 p.m. They “flew down Broadway, then we heard screeching and a crash, I checked our cameras but it was too fast for it to track it.” Another poster said, “the suspect’s front license plate was left at the scene” by a driver who reportedly “did a few donuts to cap it off.” Another poster read, “Every Grand Prix weekend is amateur hour on the local streets. There were more accidents on Broadway than on the Grand Prix track.”

Saturday, April 20

5000 block East Ocean Blvd. At 4:22 p.m., a non-responsive man was pulled from the surf into the Rosie’s Dog Beach parking lot. After life-saving measures, 40-year-old Robert Holt of Los Angeles was declared deceased on scene.

100 block of Pacific Ave. At 6:30 p.m. a man approached by a group of minors was “engaged in a verbal dispute.” Then the teens hit the victim with a tripod and tent poles and threw items at him, then ran away. Police caught and charged a 12-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old boy, all from Long Beach, booked for assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime.

2100 block of East Carson St. At 11:17 p.m., shots fired, by whom or for whom, secrecy prevails.

Sunday, April 21

4500 block of Atherton St. At a 1:16 p.m., a dispute at the aptly dubbed Raising Canes involved a gunslinger firing 8 to 10 shots, then per a witness, said suspected shootin’ slinger ‘scaping in a SUV, a white one, over the curb, through the planter, out of the driveway leaving only gunsmoke, TV western not included.

Friday, April 26

1400 block of Chestnut Ave. At 12:59 am, shots fired, four males ran away.

6800 block of Cerritos Ave. At 8:35 p.m., a crowbar and a hammer armed home invader robbed two adults and a teenager. Resident Joe Lopez said to OC Hawk, “He started pointing a gun at me and he asked for everything I had.” Lopez gave up his cell phone. The man jumped out a window, into the yard as police surrounded the house. An hour of negotiation, as SWAT arrived, a shot rang out. Hit in the upper body, he died at the hospital. The gun was a replica.

400 block of West Willow St. At 10:39 p.m., a man accidentally shot himself inside a vehicle.

58th Street and Orange Ave. At 11:44 p.m., police saw a man shooting at another man, a foot pursuit, an officer-involved shooting and injuries to the fleeing man’s lower body, in stable condition. Booked for attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and while subject to a restraining order, possession of ammunition, obstructing a peace officer. Bail: $1 million. The victim of the initial shooting left the scene; not known if he was injured.

Sunday, April 28

Anaheim St. and Clark Ave. At 10:45 p.m., a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle, a barricaded suspect meant. SWAT and pepper gel. Tywon Andre Patterson, 37, of 29 Palms booked for stolen vehicle and resisting police.


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