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Saturday December 12th, 2015 :: 06:45 p.m. PST

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Deputy-Involved Shooting-Suspect Hit, Long Beach Blvd and Magnolia Ave, Lynwood #LASD Homicide Bureau

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding a Deputy-Involved Shooting that occurred on Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, Lynwood, on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Detectives have learned that deputies from Century Station responded to the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue in Lynwood, regarding multiple emergency calls received of a “man with a gun” and “shots heard.”  Several calls updating the suspect’s location were also received, including calls that described the suspect as a “male Black with a handgun wearing a checkered shirt.”

When deputies arrived, they located the armed suspect at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, in front of a busy Arco Gas Station.  The deputies immediately approached the suspect and gave him multiple commands to drop the gun.  However, the suspect did not comply and did not drop the handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.

Witnesses in the immediate area said they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting. 

The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect’s weapon, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, was recovered at the scene.

The name of the suspect will not be released at this time, pending next of kin notification.

Detectives believe there may be additional victims and witnesses that saw the suspect prior to the deputy-involved shooting.  If you believe you were a victim or have any information about this incident, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell has released the following statement regarding the incident:

“I want to assure the public that the Sheriff’s Department takes deputy involved shootings very seriously and that this investigation will be handled with the utmost professionalism and integrity.  We are working closely with our criminal justice system partners as well as members of the public to put together the most comprehensive and accurate account of exactly what occurred.

In this modern age of cell phone video and instant analysis on the internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive.  It will involve, not just one source of information, but numerous sources, potentially including multiple videos, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts.  I urge anyone who has information about this shooting incident to contact our investigators.  Our number one priority is public safety.”

Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting results in a fatality of a person, several independent investigations immediately begin at the scene.  These include separate investigations by the L.A. County Coroner, in addition to Sheriff's Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.  The District Attorney also participates in the investigatory process.  The LASD immediately notifies the Office of Inspector General who responds and is also present at the incident scene. 

The Critical Incident Review panel convenes to perform a preliminary risk management analysis of the shooting.  This panel is comprised of the concerned chief and unit commander, risk management, training and the chairperson of the Executive Force Review Committee and Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel.

Every aspect of a Deputy-Involved shooting is ultimately evaluated by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee, which decides whether or not there are any policy, tactical, supervisory, or training violations. 

 

Authored by:                     

Juanita Navarro-Suarez, Deputy

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