Long Beach police officers responding to a help call involving a runaway girl fatally shot a man on Friday, authorities said.
Officers were called to a residence in the 2300 block of Eucalyptus Avenue (map) about 8:10 a.m., according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Arrona, who released few details about the death.
“During the course of the investigation” a man was shot inside a home, Arrona said. A knife was found at the scene, she said.
Paramedics responded and pronounced the man dead. No officers were injured.
The man killed by police was a teenager, according to a woman who said she was his sister. She would not give her name or go on camera, but a neighbor described the man as quiet.
"He's always quiet. He's always in his garage minding his own business. He never has people in there. He's just always working on his car or playing his guitar," said neighbor Jackie Montiel. "Just a very quiet person. I'm surprised this even happened."
The female juvenile runaway who was at the scene was safe, Arrona said. She was interviewed by police.
A witness said she saw officers rushing someone out of the home with a jacket over his or her head.
The relationship between the girl and the man who was killed was not clear.
Investigators believe there is a valid restraining order against the "suspect" involved, Arrona said.