The following was released by the Long Beach Police Department:
[Release text] On Thursday, February 21, 2013, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Long Beach Police patrol officers were in pursuit of a felony suspect in the 6400 block of E. Keynote Street when they were involved in an officer involved shooting. Below are details of the incident as they occurred:
- shortly before 1:00 a.m., the Long Beach Police Department was notified of a stolen vehicle pursuit involving the California Highway Patrol (CHP) CHP lost sight of the vehicle shortly after it exited the 405 Freeway at Studebaker Road
- Long Beach police officers located the vehicle in the area and a pursuit was initiated
- the suspect vehicle crashed into a vacant residence in the 6400 block of E. Keynote Street
- the suspect driver armed himself with a handgun, began firing multiple rounds, and an officer involved shooting occurred
- the suspect was pronounced deceased at scene
- no officers were injured in this incident and the investigation is ongoing
- the suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Christopher Taylor from Maryland
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is conducting an independent investigation of the shooting, as they do with all officer involved shootings that occur in Los Angeles County that result in injury or death.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives Mark McGuire or Roger Zottneck at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
Residents Encouraged to Be Aware of Utility Worker Scam
The Long Beach Police Department is alerting residents about recent reports of persons falsely representing themselves as utility workers as a ruse to commit burglary.
In this scam, the bogus workers are apparently targeting homes to burglarize when no one is expected to be home, or working as a team to distract the occupant and burglarize the home.
The following information is provided to allow residents to confirm that they are interacting with Long Beach City employees:
- Utility employees are identifiable by their uniform and are required, upon request, to show a City-issued identification card
- Customer contact is made either in person by a uniformed employee or through a form that is left in a prominent location on the property - The form provides a contact number to inquire about the work scheduled or to reschedule the work at a more convenient time
- If residents have any doubt, they are encouraged to call the appropriate department to verify the legitimacy of the employee
- Long Beach Gas and Oil - (562) 570-2140 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Long Beach Water Department - (562) 570-2300 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Residents are advised to keep gates to backyards locked and secure at all times and to immediately report suspicious activity, including loiterers, to the Long Beach Police Department by calling 9-1-1 with a suspect description.