Knife-Wielding Man Fatally Shot by Long Beach Police, Authorities Say

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A coroner’s van arrived at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Long Beach on Dec. 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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An investigation was underway early Tuesday morning after a man who was allegedly threatening customers with a knife at a Long Beach business was fatally shot by responding officers, police said.

About 10:08 p.m. Monday, authorities received a report of a knife-wielding man inside a business in the 2500 block of Long Beach Boulevard (map), according to Sgt. Brad Johnson, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department.

The subject was making threatening gestures with the knife, prompting customers to evacuate from the business, Johnson said.

Officers were briefed about the escalating situation inside the business while en route to the scene. After arriving, they first attempted to subdue the man with non-lethal force, including an electronic control device and a baton, according to Johnson.

When those measures failed and the knife-wielding subject still would not comply with police orders, one of the officers opened fire, Johnson said.

Officers attempted to perform life-saving measures on the man, as did paramedics when they arrived, but he was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene, according to the sergeant.

Authorities have not released his identity.

The officers were not injured, nor were any of the customers. A knife was recovered at the scene, according to Johnson.

The shooting occurred at Looff’s Lite-A-Line, video from the scene showed.

Johnson described it as a “gaming business of skill,” and believed customers had to be at least 21 to enter.

According to its Facebook page, the business is “California’s oldest gaming establishment,” having been around since 1941.

The Police Department’s Homicide Unit would handle the initial shooting investigation, according to Johnson. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office would also independently investigate the incident.

A unit from the DA’s office responded to the scene, as did the county coroner’s office, Johnson said.

Northbound Long Beach Boulevard would be closed from Burnett to Willow streets until at least 7 a.m. because of police activity, the Police Department tweeted.

KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this story. 

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