A convenience store robbery suspect was shot and wounded by a Long Beach Police Department officer, the second department shooting this week, it was announced Friday afteroon.
Matthew Frushon, 39, of Long Beach, was recovering and hospitalized in stable condition Friday following the Thursday night Bixby Knolls incident in the 4500 block of Orange Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department statement on the shooting, released by spokeswoman Nancy Pratt via e-mail.
The convenience store robbery happened sometime before 10:40 p.m. Thursday when Long Beach police searching for the suspect encountered Frushon, police said. As an officer who was not named chased Frushon, said the police statement.
"As the officer began running after him - believing the suspect was armed, and based on the overt actions made by the suspect - the officer discharged his firearm,'' the department announcement read. No suspect weapon was found, it added.
Frushon was taken to a hospital and may face charges of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, the statemebt said, and did not elaborate on the nature of the assault charge.
On Monday, an LBPD officer returned the fire of a suspect, who was not wounded and escaped, prompting a neighborhood lockdown near 8th Avenue and Maine Street. Read more details of the officer-involved shooting here. The suspect that eluded Long Beach officers Monday night was captured Wednesday night in Wilmington with the aid of the department's SWAT team. Read details here.