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Steve Propes

Thursday, January 12

6100 block of Lemon Ave. At 12:20 p.m., police responded to a call of a person with a gun, which turned out to be a man suspected of pointing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend, who was believed to be locked in the garage with a gun. A containment area was set up, but the garage yielded neither armed man nor gun, so the search was called off.

Friday, January 13

Bellflower Blvd. and Atherton St. A 12:10 a.m. in a post-rain collision between a Mercedes-Benz, which appeared to have lost control, and a police truck driven by an officer, caused the latter minor injuries and put the Mercedes driver in critical condition. According to witnesses, the Mercedes-Benz spun out, crossed the center divider on Bellflower just south of Atherton and struck the marked police pick-up truck, which was then knocked onto its side, while the Mercedes-Benz caught fire. CSULB police were involved in the rescue of the officer from the truck, while a bystander pulled the driver of the Mercedes out of his car. Paramedics took the Mercedes driver to a local hospital in critical condition as well as the officer to the hospital for treatment. The officer who freed him was also slightly hurt when he broke the windshield.

Sunday, January 15

Seventh St. and Bellflower Blvd. At 11:14 a.m. officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to the Jack-In-the-Box to deal with an adult female who was threatening citizens by swinging a knife at them. The cops located the knife-wielding suspect who was still swinging the knife at passersby and at the arriving officers, who had just arrived. Officers tried to de escalate the situation by negotiating with her to surrender, however she refused and she then began walking away. They “utilized an intermediate force option (conductive electrical weapon),” which proved to be ineffective. After more officer verbal commands, the suspect stopped, turned, and advanced on them with the knife and an officer involved shooting occurred. Officers immediately began life saving measures. Once Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived they rendered aid to the suspect and transported her to a local hospital, where she died. According to police, “More than a half dozen citizens had called police about the suspect wielding a knife and trying to stab and cut people. Three victims were located during the subsequent investigation. None of the three victims were injured.”

Broadway and Pacific Ave. Another female was also waving a knife at passersby at the Blue Line platform at 11:35 a.m., which may have advanced to a nearby location, but was apparently gone or disarmed before further action was necessary.

4700 block of East Ocean Boulevard. At 11:37 a.m., the fire department arrived to find explosives in stick form, likely a homemade firework. That discovery prompted a beach closure and a call to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad, which buried the item and then blew it up with another explosive. No word of damage to the beach or to tiny sea creatures in the sand.

2800 block of Bellflower Blvd. Inside the Lowe’s parking lot, a car hit a shopping cart at 11:45 a.m. Big deal? When a three-year-old is inside the cart, probably so, meaning possible police investigation of a traffic accident.

Tuesday, January 24

600 block of Redondo Avenue. At 5:58 a.m., police went to the scene of a hit and run traffic collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. Though the female adult pedestrian lying in the roadway was alert, she sustained severe injuries and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The victim, 78-year-old Jackie Morris of Long Beach later succumbed to her injuries. Police learned the vehicle, a 2013 to 2015 silver four-door Nissan Sentra sedan, possibly with tinted windows, stopped momentarily after the collision then sped away northbound Redondo Avenue and past Seventh Street.

Wednesday, January 25

Spring Street and Bellflower Boulevard. At 8:30 a.m. came a police response to an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. The injured male adult was found laying in the eastbound lanes of Spring Street, east of the intersection. Investigation revealed an 18-year-old male resident of Long Beach driving a 2006 Saturn Vue southbound on Bellflower Blvd. stopped in the left turn lane at Spring Street. When the Vue turned left on the green arrow, the pedestrian, a 57-year-old resident of Long Beach, started to walk north across Spring Street in the east crosswalk against a pedestrian stop signal and was struck by the vehicle. The victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, and according to police, “The influence of alcohol and/or drugs does not appear to be a factor in the collision.”



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