Female Dies in Officer-Involved Shooting Sunday

By: 
LBPD Media Relations

On January 15 at 11:14 a.m. officers from the Long Beach Police Department were dispatched to a [Jack in the Box] restaurant [at 5601 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.] regarding a female adult who was threatening citizens by swinging a knife at them. 

Officers responded to the area and located the female suspect who was swinging the knife at passersby and at the arriving officers.  Officers contacted her and tried to deescalate the situation by negotiating with her to surrender, however she refused.  She then began walking quickly onto the VA Medical Center property.

As officers continued trying to deescalate the situation she continued to swing the knife at them.  In order to try and stop her immediate threat and take her into custody before she could hurt anyone the officers utilized a [taser], however the deployment of the device was ineffective. 

The officers continued trying verbal commands, however 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.

Further investigation found that 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.

The suspect was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Identification of the suspect will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office will conduct its own independent investigation as to the cause of death.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer-involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.

The Long Beach Homicide Detail investigates all officer-involved shootings. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Long Beach homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244.  Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org .

 

 

 

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