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LB officer-involved shooting sparks protest

A crowd marched to Long Beach police headquarters Sunday to protest the death of a man who was shot by police Tuesday.
November 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Protestors marched to Long Beach police headquarters Sunday to express outrage over the death of a 19-year-old man who was shot by police Tuesday.

Dozens gathered at the intersection of 4th Street and Nebraska Avenue where Tyler Damon Woods, 19, of Rialto was shot and killed by Long Beach police.

Records show Woods was wanted by LAPD for an armed carjacking. He allegedly ran from officers following a traffic stop.

The suspect evaded officers for over an hour until he was spotted on top of an apartment building. When officers spotted him, he turned toward them and officers opened fire.

Relatives and friends say Woods was unarmed. They believe he was the victim of an unjustifiable use of deadly force and are now demanding answers.

"They searched my brother," said Wood's sister, Trejon. "They knew he didn't have a weapon on him, they knew that from the beginning."

The incident marks the 20th officer-involved shooting this year in Long Beach.

A candlelight vigil was held Saturday to remember Woods.

The shooting is still under investigation by police and the L.A. County District Attorney's office, which is standard protocol following officer-involved shootings.


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