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Suspect Killed By Long Beach Police After Chase From Compton Target

Suspect Killed By Long Beach Police After Chase From Compton Target

A man was shot and killed by police on the beach in Long Beach Sunday following a vehicle pursuit from Compton that was engaged after he allegedly assaulted Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy and security personnel at a Target store.

According to the LA Sheriff's Department, the suspect brandished scissors at deputies during an altercation at the Target in the 1600 block of South Alameda St. at around 2:45PM. He fled in a white SUV and led deputies on a slow-speed chase towards Long Beach, taking local streets and even stopping for traffic signals, while avoiding spike strips placed in his path, a CBS 2 reporter said.

Sgt. Megan Zabel of the Long Beach Police Department said the pursuit ended at around 3:15PM on Ocean Blvd. and 14th Place with Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department personnel on scene. 

Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said the suspect remained in his vehicle for approximately 15 minutes before exiting with a large wooden stick in hand, still refusing to comply with deputies' verbal commands. Deputies then used a less lethal "stunt bag" in an attempt to safely detain the man, but it had no effect and he ran from the scene, Navarro-Suarez said. The suspect then ran down the stairwell towards the beach and encountered Long Beach Police Department officers, who were assisting on the containment from the sand, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. 

The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Ocean Blvd. is remains closed between Falcon Ave. and Cherry Ave. and the beach is closed between the same two streets while the investigation continues.

Photo by Yusuf Shariff

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