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Long Beach officer-involved shooting: Suspect killed

A carjacking suspect jumped rooftop to rooftop before he was fatally shot by police in Long Beach on Tuesday.
November 19, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A carjacking suspect was fatally shot by police on the rooftop of an apartment building in Long Beach on Tuesday, police said.

According to Long Beach police, a man was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. near Third Street and Walnut Avenue. He fled the scene on-foot and a chase ensued.

Meantime, police interviewed two people who were left behind in the vehicle. Police were able to identify the man and performed a background check.

"It was determined that the suspect was wanted for a carjacking, he's armed and dangerous," said Long Beach police Deputy Chief Robert Luna.

According to police, the man somehow ended up on the roof of an apartment building near Fourth Street and Nebraska Avenue, where he jumped from roof-to-roof before he was shot and killed. It was not immediately clear if gunfire was exchanged.

Police later clarified that the suspect died after initial reports indicated he had been transported to the hospital. Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect, only saying that he was 19 years old.

The area near Fourth Street and Nebraska Avenue was closed during the investigation.

The shooting marks the third police-involved shooting in Long Beach since Saturday.

The incident shook up residents at the apartment building. Some reported hearing the gunshots and helicopters.

"I was freaking out. I was really, really scared. I went in and I checked on my daughter to make sure she was ok," said Shellyce Martin.


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