2 men fatally shot after breaking into Long Beach home; 1 suspect knew resident, police say

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Two men were shot dead after breaking into the home of a person one of them knew in Long Beach early Tuesday morning, police said.

A resident on the 1000 block of Almond Court, near 11th Street, reported around 12:10 a.m. that he’d opened fire on an intruder, Long Beach police said in a news release.

Officers who responded to the scene found 18-year-old Jose Perez of Long Beach inside the home with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Sergio Pacheco, a 25-year-old Long Beach man, was found laying in the street with gunshot wounds to his upper torso a few blocks away, on the 1100 block of Gundry Avenue, according to investigators.

Paramedics attempted life-saving measures, but the men died at the scene, officials said.

An earlier statement from Long Beach police provided incorrect information on the locations where officers found the men, police said Wednesday.

Both Pacheco and Perez are considered suspects in the break-in.

Pacheco and one of the home’s residents “were at one time associates,” detectives said in the news release. The Police Department declined to provide further details on the nature of their relationship.

Investigators believe the two slain men arrived at the home unannounced, forced their way in and assaulted two people inside. The resident then grabbed a gun and opened fire, officials said.

Police say Perez collapsed in the street while fleeing the scene.

A resident was taken to a nearby hospital for an injury, Lt. Robert Woods said. The lieutenant did not have information on how the resident got hurt.

Video from the location showed a large police presence Tuesday morning as the investigation continued into the circumstances surrounding the killings.

Detectives say the residents are cooperating in the investigation, which remains active. The motive for the break-in is unknown.

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