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Man arrested for allegedly shooting at Long Beach police officer

March 21, 2013 |  2:18 pm

A man wanted for allegedly shooting at a Long Beach police officer with a handgun was arrested Thursday.

Juan Carlos Vasquez, 24, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and was being held without bail, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Long Beach police arrived at 8th Street and Maine Avenue about 6:30 p.m. Monday to check out a report of possible gang members loitering in the area.

As he was being questioned, one of the men fled and fired several rounds at an officer, according to the statement. The officer fired back, and the man escaped. No one was injured.

Vasquez, whom police say is a gang member, was arrested in Wilmington.

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