Long Beach police shoot and wound man armed with BB gun: Officials

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Long Beach police shot and wounded a suspect armed with a BB gun Friday morning, officials said.

Officers responded to the area of Los Coyotes Diagonal and Woodruff Avenue around 8:20 a.m. after getting a call about a person waving a knife.

When they got there, they found a man inside a parked vehicle holding what appeared to be a firearm, Long Beach Police Department spokesperson Allison Gallagher said.

“Responding officers saw that the suspect was holding a firearm, and after several officer attempts to de-escalate the situation, an officer involved shooting occurred,” police said. 

At about 5:45 p.m. on Friday, police announced that they have determined that the weapon in question was a CO2-powered BB gun.

It’s unclear how many officers opened fire or what prompted police to shoot.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body that was not life-threatening, according to police. He was taken to a local hospital by Long Beach Fire Department personnel for treatment.

The department said no officers were injured during the incident.

Aerial video from Sky5 showed a large police presence in the area around 10 a.m., with cruisers seen stopped behind a dark-colored sedan in the area of Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Police said detectives responded to the scene to investigate the incident. No further details were immediately available. 

The Long Beach Police Department released this image of a BB gun that was recovered after a man was shot and wounded on Nov. 12, 2021.

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