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Armed Man Fatally Shot by Long Beach Police After Allegedly Holding Holiday Inn Employees Hostage

A man was fatally shot by Long Beach police early Friday after he allegedly held a Holiday Inn employees hostage with a gun, officials said.

Long Beach police released this image of a gun allegedly used by a man who was shot by officers on Jan. 5, 2018.

Long Beach police released this image of a gun allegedly used by a man who was shot by officers on Jan. 5, 2018.

The incident occurred about 12:50 a.m. when a man apparently left his pickup truck parked at an adjacent Chevron station and went into the hotel, police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told KTLA.

Police then received a call from one of the employee who was allegedly being held hostage by the suspect at the Holiday Inn at 2640 North Lakewood Blvd. Responding officers found the man armed with a gun. They tried to "make contact" with the man when the officer-involved shooting occurred, Pratt said. She did not elaborate on what led to the shooting.

The man, described only as being in his 30s, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Pratt said.

No one else was injured during the incident and a gun was recovered at the scene.

Pratt said investigators are trying to piece together what happened and it could be “some time” before they get a clear picture of what occurred.

The hotel is near the 405 Freeway and the Long Beach Airport. Employees were asked to avoid the lobby when coming into work Friday morning and use the service elevator.

Officials respond to a fatal police shooting in Long Beach on Jan. 5, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Officials respond to a fatal police shooting in Long Beach on Jan. 5, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)