Gunman Dead After Opening Fire on SWAT Officers Attempting to Serve Search Warrant in Cerritos: Police

A gunman who allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers as they attempted to serve a narcotics-related search warrant in Cerritos Friday morning has been killed, police said.

A patrol car is seen after gunfire was heard in Cerritos on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A patrol car is seen after gunfire was heard in Cerritos on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The initially gunfire occurred as Long Beach Police Department SWAT officers approached the home near Carmenita Road and 183rd Street about 4:45 a.m. to serve a warrant regarding a narcotics investigation, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said.

Officers returned fire, but it was at first unclear if the gunman was hit, Johnson said. None of the officers were struck when the gunman opened fire, Johnson said.

About 1 p.m., the sergeant confirmed that SWAT officers had entered the home and found the adult male suspect dead with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. He had been considered armed and dangerous, Johnson said.

It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect was shot by officers or if it was a self-inflicted wound, Johnson said.

Authorities had quickly surrounded the home and evacuated nearby houses when the standoff began.

Police respond to a barricade situation in Cerritos on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Police respond to a barricade situation in Cerritos on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Two people evacuated from their home said they were awakened by the gunshots and were told the gunman had a high-powered rifle.

“The shooting went on for over half an hour,” resident David Leehy said from outside the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station, where he was asked to wait until the incident concluded.

Leehy said he had to flee out the back of his home and climb over a wall to escape to safety.

Crisis negotiators went to the scene in an attempt to get the gunman to come out of the house.

During the investigation, 183rd Street was also closed from Carmenita Road to Marquardt Avenue. The Carmenita Road off-ramp of the 91 Freeway was also closed due to the police activity.