A man fatally wounded by police in Long Beach was identified Friday as a 39-year-old Long Beach resident.
John DelReal, died at a local hospital, following the roughly 5:15 p.m. shooting Thursday, according to police officials.
The shooting occurred in the area of 17th Street and Junipero Avenue, where an undercover cop was conducting a drug investigation, prompted by complaints about illegal activity in the area, officials said.
The officer noticed the suspect, believed he was engaged in narcotics-related activity and called for backup because he believed the suspect was armed, officials said.
According to police, the suspect approached the undercover officer in a threatening manner, reaching into his waistband to retrieve a shiny metal object, officials said.
The officer identified himself as police and gave verbal commands to the suspect but the suspect allegedly refused to follow those orders and gunfire ensued, police said.
An investigation was underway Friday morning into a fatal officer-involved shooting of a man in Long Beach -- the third time city police opened fire on a suspect in five days.
The latest shooting happened around 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2300 block of East 17th Street, said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton.
A plainclothes officer conducting a narcotics investigation was in the area because of complaints about drug dealing in the neighborhood when the suspect approached him and a fight broke out, Eaton said.
The suspect allegedly punched the officer, who had identified himself as police, then reached for his waistband, prompting the officer to open fire, he said.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Eaton said.
A metal bat the man allegedly had tucked into his waistband was recovered at the scene, Eaton said. It was the third shooting involving Long Beach police in less than a week.
On Wednesday morning, Erick Balint, 32, was shot and killed by Long Beach police at the end of a running gunbattle in Carson.
According to LBPD, the shooting occurred about 3:15 a.m. at Del Amo Boulevard and Central Avenue in the City of Carson.
Police had been called to investigate the report of a woman being threatened by her former boyfriend.
The woman had flagged down officers and said the man was also threatening her family, and she believed he might have been lying in wait to injure them.
Officers began investigating and learned that the suspect was possibly in the area of Del Amo Boulevard and Central Avenue in the City of Carson.
Los Angeles Police Department’s helicopter assisted on the call, and was requested to check this area. They located a man at a gas station at that intersection, which matched the description of the ex-boyfriend, and directed Long Beach Police to this location.
As the first officer arrived, he was immediately fired upon by the suspect, police said.
The officer returned fire and the suspect ran off.
During this time, LAPD’s airship continued following the suspect, providing updated information to responding LBPD ground units.
The suspect was seen running through Mills Memorial Park, on Central Avenue, at Dimondale Drive, where officers and the suspect exchanged gunfire.
The suspect ran through the park with officers chasing him and was seen going into a nearby neighborhood and into the backyard of a home in the 20000 block of Hillford Avenue.
Officers, believing the suspect may have been trying to break into the home and could take hostages or harm the residents, entered the backyard where they again exchanged gunfire.
The suspect was hit and suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.
A weapon was recovered at the scene. It was determined that there was no relation between the suspect and the residents who lived at the Hillford Avenue home, police said.On Sunday, police wounded 49-year-old Greg Treadway in a shooting in Belmont Heights after Treadway allegedly pointed a handgun at officers.
The shootings are under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as well as the county Office of Independent Review, which is standard protocol in such cases.