Long Beach Shooting: 1 Person Dead, Sheriff’s Deputy Shot in Abdomen

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One man was killed and a deputy was wounded in the abdomen Monday morning in a shooting in Long Beach, authorities said.


Sheriff’s officials responded to the scene of a shooting in Long Beach on Monday, May 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The incident began about 10 a.m. when deputies “contacted” a man in his 20s who was on a bicycle near the intersection of South Long Beach Boulevard and East 69th Way in Long Beach (map), according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A struggle ensued, after which the man ran northbound from the initial location, the statement said.

A second struggle occurred after the deputies caught up with man, who then attempted to take away the handgun of one of the deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“This resulted in both deputies firing their duty weapon at the suspect, who was also armed with his own handgun,” the statement said.

The man was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Tony Moore said. The Sheriff’s Department had initially said the incident occurred in Compton and that the man was transported to a hospital.

One of the deputies was shot once in the abdomen while struggling with the man, authorities said.

The wounded deputy, who joined the department in 2007, was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where he underwent surgery, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida. He was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A multiagency investigation was ongoing.

“Right now we’re looking for any witnesses,” said sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. “We’re going to canvass the neighborhood and find anybody that would have seen the struggle between our deputies and the man.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.