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Long Beach police shoot and wound armed man

January 1, 2012 |  2:42 pm

A 25-year-old man who was allegedly armed with a gun and ran toward two Long Beach Police officers was shot and wounded Friday night.

The officer-involved shooting occurred around 11:35 p.m. when two officers responded to the sound of gunshots in the 1700 block of Cherry Avenue, according to a police statement.

When the officers pulled into the street, they saw a group of people and approached them, police said. One man, identified as 33-year-old Chhann Chaim of Long Beach, attempted to walk away from the officers but dropped a handgun, which police say he used to fire in the air.

A second man in the group, identified as 25-year-old Songha Lewis, also of Long Beach, picked up the gun and ran along the sidewalk toward one of the officers. The officer then fired at the running man. It was not known how many shots were fired.

Lewis was wounded and taken to a local hospital and was listed in stable condition, police said.

Chaim was arrested and booked on suspicion of discharging a firearm, being an ex-felon with a firearm, possession of a loaded firearm in public by a gang member, and resisting arrest. He is being held in Long Beach city jail on a $35,000 bail, according to authorities.

Lewis is expected to be booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, possession of a loaded firearm in public, and a probation violation, police said.

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