An investigation is underway after Long Beach police officers shot the suspect of a stabbing Sunday evening.

Police were dispatched to the 5200 block of Atlantic Avenue around 6:50 p.m. for a report of a stabbing in progress.

Upon their arrival, police said they witnessed the unidentified suspect actively stabbing a victim multiple times.

Long Beach police recovered a knife from the scene of a stabbing that ended in officers opening fire at a suspect on March 5, 2023. (Long Beach Police Department)
Long Beach police recovered a knife from the scene of a stabbing that ended in officers opening fire at a suspect on March 5, 2023. (Long Beach Police Department)

Officers attempted to get the assailant to drop the knife, but they refused, at which point officers opened fire. The suspect was hit by gunfire and the attack ended and officers were able to recover the knife.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transported both the suspect and the victim to local hospitals for treatment. Both were listed in critical, but stable condition.

No other injuries were reported.

The investigation into the stabbing is ongoing, including whether or not the two people involved had a preexisting relationship that may have played a role in the attack.

The police shooting will be investigated as well, by both the LBPD and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

At this time, it’s unclear how many officers opened fire, how many shots were fired or how many times the suspect was hit. The names of the suspect and the officer or officers involved have not been released either.

Police say an involved officer was wearing a body-worn camera, but it was not turned on until after the shooting. The Police Department says it will review the available footage and release it as soon as possible.

Anyone with information about the stabbing or the shooting is asked to contact Long Beach Police Homicide detectives Donald Collier or Chasen Contreras at 562-570-7244. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 1-800-222-8477.