Assault Rifles Found After LB Officers Shot Suspect

A Long Beach gang member and suspected burglar was being chased by detectives when he allegedly pulled a handgun and officers shot him near 4th Street and Cherry.

Two assault rifles were recovered as the investigation continued late Tuesday into the shooting of a burglary suspect by detectives of the Long Beach Police Department.

Also released Monday was the name of the wounded suspect, identified by police as gang member Sokha Hor, 22, of Long Beach. Police said he was in critical condition following surgery following the Monday evening shooting near 4th Street and Cherry Avenue.

Sgt. Aaron Eaton, department spokesman, said it was not yet known whether Hor is employed or where, but that he was under investigation for unspecificed  weapons violations.

Hor "will be charged with burglary and additional weapons charges are pending," department press release stated. It went on:

  •  "During the search detectives found him in an alleyway to the rear of 1900 E. 4thStreet
  • When detectives made contact with the suspect he displayed a handgun and an officer involved shooting occurred
  • Prior to being transported to the hospital detectives provided basic first aid.  Once at the hospital the suspect underwent surgery and is in critical condition
  • Detectives located a handgun in the area where the suspect was taken into custody
  • No officers were injured during the incident 
  • As part of the on going weapons investigation two assault rifles were recovered ....

"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 Bigel and Teryl Hubert at (562) 570-7244. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org."


Read more of the background of the case here.


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