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Burglary suspect shot, wounded by Long Beach police

January 8, 2013 |  5:51 am

The approximate location of Monday night's officer-involved shooting in Long Beach.

An investigation was ongoing Tuesday after an officer-involved shooting in Long Beach that wounded a burglary suspect, authorities said.

The incident began about 6 p.m. Monday when detectives -- including at least some who were undercover -- were looking for the suspect near 4th Street and Cherry Avenue, Long Beach police Sgt. Aaron Eaton told reporters Monday night.

Detectives found the suspect in a nearby alley and "at that point, the suspect displayed a handgun and an officer-involved shooting occurred," Eaton said.

The man, who was wanted on suspicion of burglary in addition to a possible weapons violation, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Eaton said. His condition was not immediately known Tuesday morning.

Eaton said no officers were injured. He declined to say how many were involved in the incident, except that "several" were searching for the suspect.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, Eaton said.

Detectives were "still trying to piece together" the moments leading up to the shooting, he said.

One witness, Geno Rossinni, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that he saw the shooting from his apartment overlooking the alley.

Rossinni told the newspaper that undercover officers in unmarked SUVs confronted the suspect in his vehicle. The suspect got out of the vehicle, Rossinni said, and the undercover officers yelled at him to stop before they shot him.

The newspaper said Eaton would not comment on Rossinni's account.


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Map: The approximate location of Monday night's officer-involved shooting in Long Beach. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.