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Long Beach police kill robbery suspect, wound another

August 8, 2012 |  6:04 am


Long Beach police shot and killed one suspect and wounded another after a takeover robbery early Wednesday at a local Rite Aid store, authorities said.

A third suspect remained at large, prompting an ongoing search of a residential neighborhood near the store located at 4402 Atlantic Ave., said Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton. Several roads in the search area were closed, including East San Antonio Drive between California and Orange avenues; and Orange between San Antonio Drive and Carson Street.

The three men, who were armed with handguns, walked into the drug store about 1 a.m. and robbed not only the store but the customers inside and a woman in the parking lot, Eaton said. Responding officers spotted a vehicle fleeing the scene and followed, he said.

The shooting occurred about a mile and a half away from the store, Eaton said. The suspect killed was pronounced dead at the scene; the suspect injured was taken to an area hospital, but his condition was not known.

Eaton said it was still unclear exactly what prompted the shooting, but said the officers involved heard gunfire during the pursuit and found shell casings in the area.

No other injuries were reported, he said.

The suspect still at large was described as a man of medium height and with a skinny build. He wore baggy camouflage shorts and a white shirt with long sleeves and a stripe at the bottom, police said.


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Photo: Long Beach police SWAT team members go door to door search looking for a robbery suspect after an officer involved fatal shooting. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times